Although critically acclaimed and beloved by musicians, the orchestra informed Monteux in 1924 that he would be succeeded by Serge Koussevitzky
because their policy was to change conductors every five years.
He has garnered numerous awards, honors, and prizes, among which include the Koussevitzky
Prize (1965), the Mozart Medaille of Frankfurt (1983), the French Order des arts et des lettres (1995), the Erasmus Prize (1998), Prix Maurice Ravel (1999), Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis (2000), and the Rolf Schock Prize for Music (2005).
where I spent some time conducting research at the Library of Congress on the correspondence between Olin Downes and Serge Koussevitzky
. At the end of each day, after examining letter upon letter from the great critic to the great conductor, I would spend my evenings reading the elegant prose of Rich.
Many letters show Copland's relationships with the two foremost conductors who promoted his works during their influential careers: Serge Koussevitzky
and Leonard Bernstein.
Her piece, Chernobyl, was nominated for the 1989 Koussevitzky
International Recording Award as best new work by a living composer and for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998, and her orchestral music has received Pulitzer and Grawemeyer nominations.
Howard Hanson, who started his compositional career with premieres by Koussevitzky
and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, had his final symphony commissioned by the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan in 1974.
Neither of us is a musician, and we offer no defense here, relying instead on the professional judgment of our father's colleagues, including Koussevitzky
, Copland, and Bernstein, and contemporary maestros Gerard Schwarz and Leonard Slatkin, among others.
Schuman decided to advise Dushkin of this decision after attending a concert with him at the Museum of Modern Art at which Koussevitzky
(16.) Olin Downes, "Bostonians Offer a Malipiero Work; Four Season's Symphony Adds Modern Note to Program Given by Koussevitzky
," New York Times, 6 January 1935.
Husa has been the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, UNESCO, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Koussevitzky
Foundation, the Czech Academy for the Arts and Sciences, the Lili Boulanger Award, Bilthoven (Holland) Contemporary Music Prize, a Kennedy Center-Friedheim Award, and his Concerto for wind ensemble received the first Sudler International Award.
Diamond was born in 1915 and wrote this 16-minute symphony at the age of 30 to a commission from the Koussevitzky
since 1933 (as an American citizen since 1941); the work was commissioned by the Koussevitzky
Music Foundation and premiered by the Albuquerque Symphony; and the Sprechstimme narration, notated but essentially spoken-told from the perspective of a survivor of Treblinka (presumably) after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising-is predominantly in English, likely in a gesture toward intelligibility.