April the Pulitzer Board announced that its 2001 Prize for Music
was won by Lehman College's Distinguished Professor of Music John
Corigliano for his Symphony No. 2. The work, for string orchestra,
was premiered on November 30 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Corigliano's
symphonic triumph did not come as a complete surprise, for his Symphony
No 1, dedicated to the memory of victims of AIDS, won not only the
prestigious Grawemeyer Award but also two Grammy Awards: Best New
Composition and Best Orchestral Performance (by the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra). Last year Corigliano won the Academy Award for Best
Musical Score for the film The Red Violin, and recently a fantasy
for flute by him provided the music for a major new ballet at the
American Ballet Theatre, The Pied Piper.
Bassist Ron Carter
Distinguished Professor of Music, renowned jazz bassist Ron Carter
of City College, was honored by his undergraduate alma mater, the
Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, when it announced
the establishment of the Ron Carter Audio Archive in its Sibley
Library, the largest academic music library in the world. This will
require considerable space: as a performer, composer, and arranger,
the former member of the Miles Davis Quintet has more than 3,000
recordings to his credit. He will help to fill out blank spots in
the Archive from his own collection.
Carter joined CCNY in 1983 and has attracted students from around
the world. He has also honed the Music Department's Small Jazz Ensemble
into a first-rate performance group. Also the winner of two Grammies,
Carter is the only bass player to have recorded his own transcriptions
and arrangements of Bach, "Ron Carter Plays Bach" and "Ron Carter
It was not Bach's two-part inventions or cello suites, however,
that drew an audience of aficionados to Queens College on March
21, his 316th birthday. Rather, it was that familiar jowly, peruked
face of his.
In a fascinating
new twist, the face under the wig somehow looked younger. Lawyer
and passionate, lifelong Bach iconologist (and close friend of Queens
College's legendary musical pedagogue, Joe Machlis) Teri Noel Towe
came to lecture on his recent and controversial identification of
a Bach portrait long thought to have been lost.
Called the Weydenhammer
portrait after the family that has long owned it, the portrait,
by an unknown artist, is believed to have belonged to one of Bach's
last pupils, Johann Kittel.
it is dated about 1733, which makes Bach look 15 years younger than
in the familiar image by Elias Haussmann from 1748. Those interested
in the elaborate musicological detective work involved in trying
to convince a skeptical Bach establishment of the portrait's authenticity
can visit Towe's Web site (www.geocities.com/thefaceofbach/).