Partita for 8 Voices

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Partita for 8 Voices is an a cappella composition by the American composer Caroline Shaw. It was composed from 2009 through 2012 for the vocal group Roomful of Teeth and was released on their Grammy Award-winning debut album October 30, 2012.[1][2][3] The piece was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music on April 15, 2013, making Shaw the youngest recipient of the award.[4][5][6][7] The work, however, was not premiered in full until November 4, 2013, at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.[8]



Partita for 8 Voices has a duration of roughly 25 minutes and is composed in four movements named for Baroque dances:

  1. Allemande
  2. Sarabande
  3. Courante
  4. Passacaglia


At the premiere of the complete Partita for 8 Voices, Justin Davidson of New York wrote that Shaw had "discovered a lode of the rarest commodity in contemporary music: joy."[9]


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  8. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (November 5, 2013). "The Pulitzer Prize Was Nice and All, but a Work Is Finally Fully Heard: Caroline Shaw's 'Partita' Has Premiere by Roomful of Teeth". The New York Times. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  9. ^ Davidson, Justin (November 10, 2013). "An Avant-Garde That's Easy to Love: Three heartening moments from the new-music scene". New York. Retrieved June 7, 2015.