American composer Henry Brant was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Musicfor his work Ice Field. The 88-year-old composer, who was a student ofcomposer George Antheil (1900-1959), is well known as a pioneer ofspatial music, where each composition includes indications forpositioning the musicians around the performance space.
Ice Field, which is scored for pipe organ and more than 100orchestral musicians, was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony, withMichael Tilson Thomas conducting, at Davies Symphony Hall in December,2001. During the performance, Brant improvised on the hall's Ruffattipipe organ.
You can read an interview with Henry Brant about Ice Field byCharles Amirkhanian on the Other Minds Web site.