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Aaron Jay Kernis
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Aaron Jay Kernis

Leta E. Miller

Abstract

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Grawemeyer Award, Aaron Jay Kernis achieved recognition as one of the leading composers of his generation while still in his thirties. Since then his eloquent yet accessible style, emphasis on melody, and willingness to engage popular as well as classical forms has brought him widespread acclaim and admiring audiences. This biography offers the first survey of the composer's life and work. Immersed in music by middle school, and later training under Theodore Antoniou, John Adams, Jacob Druckman, and others, Kernis rejected the idea of distancing his wo ... More

Keywords: Aaron Jay Kernis, composer, melody, Gulf War, Bosnian Genocide, Holocaust, American culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038532
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038532.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leta E. Miller, author
University of California, Santa Cruz