Composer John Luther Adams accepts enthusiastic applause from the Carnegie Hall audience after the New York premiere of his 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, Become Ocean, performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Melanie Burford/for NPR Music hide caption

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Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with an homage to the sea called Become Ocean. Evan Hurd Photography hide caption

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An incredible roster of musicians gathered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to play Terry Riley's epic 'In C' — with the complete, but only single-page, score projected overhead. Julien Jourdes/courtesy of Carnegie Hall Archive hide caption

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