To emerge is to “become apparent, important, or prominent.” In classical circles, young composer contests might include 35 or 40 year olds. Emerging artists might be in their late 20s or 30s.
We’ll hear some amazing musicians you might not know, including Pultizer Prize winner John Luther Adams and pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe on today’s What’s New!
Become Ocean by John Luther Adams was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2013. It won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. The composition is in a single movement, and is named from a phrase by John Cage: "Life on this earth first emerged from the sea. As the polar ice melts and sea level rises, we humans find ourselves facing the prospect that once again we may quite literally become ocean."
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