Monday, February 23, 2009

Renaissance Research Conservatory Project Pop Quiz: Which Work Won The Grammy Award For A Contemporary Classical Musical Composition In 1961?

• Aaron Copland - Orchestral Suite from Tender Land
• Charles Ives - Symphony No. 2
• Easley Blackwood - Symphony No. 1
• Edgard Varese - Density 21.5
• Francis Poulenc - La Voix Humaine
• Igor Stravinsky - Threni
• Paul Hindemith - Sonata for Cello and Piano
• Roger Sessions - Symphony No. 1

Photo credit: Portrait of Igor Stravinsky 1918 [?] by Robert Delaunay.

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Blogger JW said...

Answer: Lurindo Almeida's Discantus. OK, I admit I cheated; had to look it up. Nobody remembers that one.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Not who I had in mind; but very interesting how the internet gave us different answers.

I thought that I was providing a list of the nominees (and a hint to the other pop quiz).

Did you see the work that Almeida's Discantus was supposedly tied with in 1961? That is a little hard to believe. (That piano work is about as popular as the Elliot Carter Piano Concerto ...)

(My source showed another American composer of serious concert music other than Stravinsky winning the best Contemporary Classical Grammy Award in 1961.)

I've been meaning to provide the answers to the two or so earlier Pop Quizes that I left hanging for a while.


I hope, John, that as a Grammy winner you are never a victim of internet misinformation (or slander, as I have been).

6:31 AM  
Blogger JW said...

Go to and do a winners search.

8:36 AM  

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