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Stringmusic is a musical composition for string orchestra by the American composer Morton Gould. It was commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and was premiered at the Kennedy Center by the NSO on March 10, 1994. The piece is dedicated to the conductor Mstislav Rostropovich upon his leave.[1][2]

Unanimously recommended by the jury, Stringmusic was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1995.[3]

"A large-scale suite, or serenade, for string orchestra, comprising five movements[:]" "Prelude", "Tango", "Dirge", "Ballad", "Strum". [4]


  1. ^ Hill, Brad (2006). Classical, p.217. ISBN 978-0-8160-5311-7.
  2. ^ Elizabeth A. Brennan, Elizabeth C. Clarage (1999). Who's who of Pulitzer Prize winners, p.451. ISBN 978-1-57356-111-2.
  3. ^ Heinz Dietrich Fischer, Erika J. Fischer (2001). Musical Composition Awards 1943-1999: From Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber to Gian-Carlo Menotti and Melinda Wagner, p.xlvi. ISBN 978-3-598-30185-8.
  4. ^ "Morton Gould: Stringmusic", G. Schirmer Inc.