Charles Wuorinen has been a powerful voice in American music for over four decades, and his early piece "Time's Encomium" representing one of his most famous works. With "Time's Encomium," Wuorinen became the youngest ever composer to be awarded a Pulitzer prize. Released originally on Nonesuch, then on Tzadik, "Time's Encomium" is representative of Wuorinen's distinctive early style. Of the piece, the composer said, "'Time's Encomium' is the title because in this work everyting depends on the absolute, not the seeming, length of events and sections. Being electronic, 'Time's Enconium' has no inflective dimension. Its rhythm is always quantitative, never qualitative. Because I need time, I praise it."