Stephen Paulus

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Stephen Paulus (August 24, 1949 – October 19, 2014) was a Grammy nominated American composer, best known for his operas and choral music. His best-known piece is his 1982 opera The Postman Always Rings Twice, one of several operas he composed for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, which prompted The New York Times to call him "a young man on the road to big things". His style is essentially tonal, and melodic and romantic by nature. He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation and won the prestigious Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize. He was commissioned by such notable organizations as the Minnesota Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, the American Composers Orchestra, the Dale Warland Singers, the Harvard Glee Club and the New York Choral Society. Paulus was a passionate advocate for the works and careers of his colleagues. He co-founded the American Composers Forum in 1973, the largest composer service organization in the U.S., and served as the Symphony and Concert Representative on the ASCAP Board of Directors from 1990 until his death (from complications following a stroke in July of 2013) in 2014.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Paulus: Symphony in Three Movements / Larsen: Symphony: Water Music Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen; Sir Neville Marriner, Minnesota Orchestra 1
1997 Divine Grandeur Robert Beaser, Aaron Jay Kernis, Stephen Paulus, Simon Sargon, John Schlenck, Judith Shatin, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich; New York Concert Singers, Judith Clurman 1
2007 Splendid Jewel Stephen Paulus; The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists, Matthew Culloton 1
2009 To Be Certain of the Dawn Stephen Paulus; Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1

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