The Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian Maestro who taught at the Hartt School of Music for more than thirty years.
The Marijosius Award recognizes and rewards the best
achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the
selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music
directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and
adults, and enriches the community. It was first presented in 2011.
The postmark deadline for the 2012 programming competition is Monday, April 2, 2012. Complete information, including requirements and application forms, may be found on the website The American Prize.
more about the Marijosius Award (including profiles of previous
winners) and to discover the brilliance and the wit of the man for whom
the award is named, please read below.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
For many years, the Hartt School sponsored the Institute for Contemporary American Music (ICAM), bringing to campus legendary, great and near great composers. Among the many who shared their gifts with students were Aaron Copland, William Schuman, George Crumb, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter and Carlisle Floyd.
Marijosius, who championed the works of some of these modern masters (and many others) had choice words when faced with new music that looked better on the page than it sounded to the ear:
"This is not so much contemporary music as just temporary..."
or this about a celebrated guest who could answer questions in perfectly formed paragraphs, but whose music was, well...
"He is a composer more brilliant like talented."
or this, when examining a new score by a composer more interested in complexity than communication:
"He writes music with a rhythmical ruler."
And when a Hartt graduate composition major, within earshot of the Maestro, dared to deride Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols for being so popular, VM turned, smiled and said, but with the sweetest sarcasm:
"In your whole life may you write even one such a "popular" piece."