Abrahamsen wins $100K Grawemeyer Award for composition “let me tell you”‘

Posted on: November 25, 2015

“The song cycle ‘let me tell you’ by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has earned the 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, according to the University of Louisville, which distributes the prize each year,” writes Elizabeth Kramer in Tuesday’s (11/24) Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky). “The prize includes $100,000…. The Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Andris Nelsons with Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan premiered ‘let me tell you’ in 2013. The orchestra had commissioned it at Hannigan’s suggestion after she, Abrahamsen, and music critic, poet and novelist Paul Griffiths had discussed creating music based on Griffiths’ book of the same name. The book tells the story of Ophelia from Hamlet using only the 481 words that Ophelia speaks in Shakespeare’s play…. Griffiths, who was music critic for The New York Times and The New Yorker and has written many books about music, also wrote the libretto for composer Tan Dun’s 1998 Grawemeyer Award-winning piece Marco Polo. … Hannigan … will sing the work with the Cleveland Orchestra in its American premiere on Jan. 14, before going on to sing it with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York” and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in February.

Posted November 25, 2015