The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: American composer Michael Djupstrom wins first Delius award in the UK.

August 2, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Olympic swimmers and gymnasts aren’t the only Americans winning prizes, awards and medals across the Atlantic these days.

Recently, American composer Michael Djupstrom (below) – a new name to The Ear – was named first prize winner of the inaugural contest that was launched to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the british composer Frederick Delius. Djupstrom won the award for his composition “Walimai” (at bottom) for piano and viola.

Perhaps the contest for composers will help to bring some attention to Delius (below), whose “English Impressionist” style can seem precious but who has been overshadowed by the 150th anniversary of the birth of the revolutionary modernist  French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy, whose music has been much more influential and much more performed.

Here is a link to a story about the Delius contest:

And here is a link to the composer’s home website, where you will find a relatively local angle: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has commissioned a work from Djupstrom.

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