The year in classical music: New music, Warhol, and more

 

Music from the coal mines. While great new stuff is premiered here frequently, witnessing creative breakthroughs is rare. But with Anthracite Fields, Julia Wolfe, the cutting-edge minimalist, entered a new maximal emotional world in her hour-long work about Pennsylvania coal-mining culture that begins with a litany of names of injured or killed miners. Premiered April 26 at the Episcopal Cathedral by the Mendelssohn Club, it went on to acclaim at the inaugural New York Philharmonic Biennial.


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