"'OH YASSSSS!!!' the composer Alexandra Gardner tweeted on Monday afternoon, voicing a sentiment shared in the more progressive precincts of the classical-music world. The Pulitzer Prize for Music had just been awardedto Du Yun for her opera “Angel’s Bone,” beating out the finalists Ashley Fure and Kate Soper in what proved to be a historic year for the prize. Since 1943, only fourteen finalists for the music Pulitzer have been women, and only seven women have won. This year, for the first time in the prize’s seventy-four-year history, all three finalists were women."
Image credit: Du Yun’s “Angel’s Bone” won this year’s prize for music. Photograph by David Adams / Video Still by Shazia Sikander, from "Gossamer," 2010, via the New Yorker.