Larget-Caplan arrangement of Cage’s ‘Bacchanale’ wins Music Publishers Assn. prize

Uphams Corner resident Aaron Larget-Caplan won second prize in the annual Paul Revere Awards this summer for his guitar arrangement of John Cage’s “Bacchanale.”

The Music Publishers Association of the United States earlier this summer gave Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence to the Edition Peters publishing company for its presentation “Bacchanale” by John Cage that was arranged for two prepared guitars by Dorchester’s Aaron Larget-Caplan.

Established in 1964 in honor of the 200th anniversary of the first music engraving in America by the revolutionary patriot silversmith Paul Revere, the awards were initially given as a means of alerting the music industry to the advantages of providing the best possible publication from the viewpoint of engraving, graphic arts, and production standards.

Today the awards still recognize outstanding examples of graphic design, with an emphasis on usability for orchestras, educators, libraries, and individuals.

The “Bacchanale” publication won second prize in Music for Fretted Instruments category.

Originally a solo work for prepared piano written in 1948 for fellow faculty member at the Cornish School, Syvilla Fort, “Bacchanale” requires the performer to “prepare” the piano. Larget-Caplan’s arrangement of “Bacchanale” for two prepared guitars is published by Edition Peters USA and was released in the fall of 2022.

“Bacchanale” is the third in a series of John Cage arrangements for guitar done byLarget-Caplan. In 2021, Larget-Caplan’s “Nights Transfigured, Volume 1 of the New Lullaby Project Anthology,” published in partnership with the American Composers Alliance, won multiple awards, including first prize for Guitar Music Notesetting, and second prize for Book Design and Cover Design.

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