Beginning in the mid-1990s, Rouse moved towards lighter material such as Concert de Gaudi, inspired by the phantasmagoric work of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. In 1993 Rouse won the Pulitzer Prize in music for his Trombone Concerto, which he described as one of his “softer” pieces. You also agree to our Terms of Service. By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms.
It should always make you sit on the edge of your seat, make you want to live a little more vibrantly.”.
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But he was best known for his symphonies and concertos, which featured a sound that cellist Yo-Yo Ma once described as “spiritual without being sentimental, deeply felt without sentimentality”. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later?
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He joined the Juilliard faculty in 1997 and became a mentor to generations of students.
Christopher Chapman Rouse III was born in Baltimore in 1949. “The second movement is about the last nanosecond of life, the moment when you are no longer alive but not quite dead,” he told a newspaper at the time.
A Pulitzer Prize-winner, he was a highly individual presence in contemporary classical music, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Please enable cookies on your web browser in order to continue. Rouse went on to write Flute Concerto (1993) dedicated to murdered toddler James Bulger; Symphony No 2 (1994), which featured an adagio in memory of composer Stephen Albert, who died in a car crash; and Envoi (1995), an orchestral work dedicated to his late mother. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. The theme had interested him since at least the age of eight, when his best friend hanged himself. Trained in the 1960s and 1970s, an era of heady experimentation in classical music, Rouse drew on the 12-tone serialism taught by his professor, Richard Hoffmann, the neoclassical principles of pianist Robert Palmer, the rigorous formalism of composer Karel Husa and the avant-garde instrumentation of his private instructor, George Crumb.
Rouse, who has died of renal cancer aged 70, was rare among modern composers for achieving both critical acclaim and popular success.