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Before last month, Caroline Shaw was known primarily as a busy freelance performer.
But she also studied composing at Princeton, and in April, her piece “Partita for Eight Voices,” written for Roomful of Teeth, won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Music. The composition, in four parts, is featured on Roomful of Teeth’s eponymous album.
The Pulitzer committee calls her piece “a highly polished and inventive a cappella work uniquely embracing speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects.”
At 30, Shaw is the youngest – and one of only a few women – to have won the award.
Roomful of Teeth performs Part IV of Caroline Shaw’s “Partida for Eight Voices”: