Good to see the Pulitzer is only 32 years behind the curve this year.
Seriously, though, congrats to Steve Reich, and to the band what commissioned and performed the piece.
FWIW, I heard the NY premiere of Reich's prizewinning work, Double Sextet, almost exactly one year ago, and here's what I thought at the time.
Also, Reich always has such refreshingly practical, down-to-earth stuff to say about his music:
"Thankfully, a lot of young musicians have not only played all kinds of my pieces, but have played them well," Reich says. "It's because they heard them when they were younger. This is the case in all music history. Composers have a real difficulty in that first generation when they are writing these works. But the following generations grow up with it as part of the furniture in the room. So eighth blackbird, and many other groups I'm happy to say, can not only play it, but play it convincingly and enjoy themselves."
This is something a lot of people (including yrs trly) have been saying for a while, but of course it is nice to have those sentiments validated. ("Play it convincingly and enjoy themselves" is the iceberg in that graf.)