Caroline Shaw, a 30-year-old experimental composer, violinist and vocalist, on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for her "Partita for 8 Voices."
The work was part of a larger set she composed for the young a cappella ensemble Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member, said NPR. The group released their first album in October.
"[S]ince I'm a violinist, I was drawn to those Baroque forms," Shaw told NPR on Monday. "I played a lot of Bach's partitas and sonatas; I like the way that Bach was abstracting already from these dance forms," she said.
She hopes the publicity generated by the win will attract a dance component for the "Partita" series.
The prestigious $10,000 prize certainly means the composer will receive "plenty of attention," observed the Associated Press, especially with the Pulitzer committee praising her "highly polished and inventive a cappella work uniquely embracing speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects."
The win also singles out up-and-coming composer Shaw as the youngest to receive the prize in over a half-century, according to NPR.
The North Carolina native told NPR she submitted her four-part "Partita" suite because, as she said, "I thought ... Well, I might as well see what they think.'"
Watch as Roomful of Teeth performs Shaw's "Passacaglia," part of a series that includes the winning "Partita:"