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Pierre Boulez, Composer


French composer and champion of 20th-century music Pierre Boulez is the winner of the 2001 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The $200,000 Grawemeyer Award is considered the top prize in international music composition.

Boulez received the prize for Sur Incises, a 40-minute chamber work written for three pianos, three harps, and three percussionists. The work was premiered August 8, 1998 by the Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Edinburgh International Festival and had its American debut in September 1998 in a performance by the students of the Juilliard School.

The Grawemeyer Foundation received 172 nominations for the year 2001 music composition award, including entries from the United States and 24 other countries.


Program 417

Toy maker Curran Copeland, finger-style guitarist Steve Hammond, and a visit with Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Pierre Boulez. (#417)





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