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Abrahamsen’s ‘let me tell you’ earns the world’s biggest prize for musical composition of $100,000

The Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has won the world’s biggest prize for musical composition, the Grawemeyer Award, for his song-cycle for soprano and orchestra let me tell you.

The winning work was premiered by soprano Barbara Hannigan with the Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Andris Nelsons in 2013. Let me tell you is a setting of a libretto by Paul Griffiths, adapted from his 2008 novel. This is the second time that a musical setting of a text by Paul Griffiths has won the Grawemeyer (Tan Dun’s Marco Polo won in 1998).