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B&H Composers Championed at 2017 GRAMMY Awards

(February 2017)

Grammys.jpg This year's GRAMMY Awards spotlighted music by Boosey composers Steve Reich and Michael Daugherty, with the latter composer winning the award in the coveted category of Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

On February 12, 2017, composers Steve Reich and Michael Daugherty were recognized at the 2017 GRAMMY Awards Ceremony.

Third Coast Percussion’s highly acclaimed album of all–Steve Reich percussion works won a GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance. The album—simply titled Steve Reichfeatures the works Mallet Quartet, Sextet, Nagoya Marimbas, and Music for Pieces of Wood. Third Coast Percussion also performed music from the album live at the awards ceremony.

When the recording was released in February 2016 on Cedille Records, it drew widespread praise from music critics across the US and abroad. BBC Music Magazine praised the combination of "creative fearlessness with reverent precision" and The Washington Post wrote, "The ensemble’s rich resonance, combined with the variety of pitches and shifting dynamics, evokes a kaleidoscopic dithyramb of rare power." The New York Times praised the "relaxed warmth of the Mallet Quartet," the "glistening brightness of Music for Pieces of Wood," and the "full-blooded drama in the Sextet, which contains within its five movements a world of expressions from impish charm to almost oppressive darkness."

Steve Reich has previously won two GRAMMY Awards—the first in 1990 for Different Trains, as recorded by Kronos Quartet on Nonesuch Records, and the second in 1999 for Music for 18 Musicians, also on the Nonesuch label.

Michael Daugherty’s music on the album Tales of Hemingway (recorded by Nashville Symphony and conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero) received awards in three categories: Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Best Classical Instrumental Solo, and Best Classical Compendium. His piece Once Upon a Castle (2003) for organ and orchestra, represented by Boosey & Hawkes, is included on the album alongside his cello concerto, Tales of Hemingway, and his concerto for orchestra, American Gothic. Celebrated organist Paul Jacobs champions the solo organ part in Once Upon a Castle, a piece that is inspired by the rich history of the Hearst Castle on the California Pacific coast.

Daugherty’s previous recording with the Nashville Symphony from 2011 also earned the composer three GRAMMY Awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition for Deus ex Machina (2007), written for piano and orchestra.

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