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Julia Wolf Wins Pulitzer For Music For 'Anthracite Fields'

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Composer Julia Wolfe has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for her latest choral work, "Anthracite Fields."

Described by the Pulitzer judges as a "powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet," the work mines the musical and folklore tapestry of Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th Century.

Previous works from Wolfe include 2007's orchstral composition "Fuel" and the 2009 choral/orchestral composition "Steel Hammers" which also explored traditional Appalachin music.

The other finalists in the category were Lei Liang for "Xiaoxiang" and John Zorn for "The Aristos." – Staff Writers