The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, American Musicological Society, American Society for Theatre Research, and Modern Language Association are pleased to announce the winners of the 2001 Kurt Weill Prize for distinguished scholarship in twentieth-century music theater (including opera), the fourth such award since the Prize was established in 1995.
The Ballets Russes and Its World, edited by Lynn Garafola and Nancy Van Norman Baer (Yale University Press, 1999), has been awarded a cash prize of $2,500 and a plaque. The prize committee singled out the book's editors for bringing to life a critical chapter of twentieth century artistic achievement through essays, facsimiles of sets and costumes, photographs, and other material.
The $500 prize in the article category is shared by Lisa Barg's "Black Voices/White Sounds: Race and Representation in Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts" (American Music, Summer 2000) and Robert Fink's "'Rigoroso (♪ = 126)': The Rite of Spring and the Forging of a Modernist Performing Style" (Journal of the American Musicological Society, Vol. 52, No. 2, 1999). The panel cited Barg's powerfully original discussion of issues of race and representation in the work of a paradigmatic American modernist; Fink was praised for his command of a wide range of source material and his lucidity in addressing issues of modernity.