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Charles Wuorinen
(1938- )

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Charles Wourinen was born on June 9, 1938 in New York City. He began writing music when he was five and in 1970, at age 32, he became the youngest composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his electronic work Time's Encomium. In 1962, he co-founded The Group for Contemporary Music. Wourinen has served on the  faculties of the University of Iowa, The State University of New York at Buffalo, The New England Conservatory of Music, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia. He is currently  Professor of Composition at Rutgers University. Works include: and Orchestral and Electronic Exchanges (1965); Percussion Symphony (1976); Tashi (1976); Two Part Symphony (1978); Third Piano Concerto (1983); Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra (1983); Genesis (1989); Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra (1992); The Mission of Virgil (1993); Symphony 7 (1997); and Cyclops (2000). He has also composed the comic opera The W. of Babylon, Reliquary for Igor Stravinsky, and  the The Dante Trilogy, a series of a series of three ballets for the New York City Ballet.
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