Andrew Norman's Video Game-Inspired 'Play' Wins Grawemeyer Award

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Andrew Norman Andrew Norman (Opera Philadelphia)

Composer Andrew Norman is this year's recipient for the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The prize was granted for his orchestral composition Play. Tune in to hear to the video-game inspired composition – introduced by Norman himself – today at 12 pm.

Play was premiered by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2013 under the baton of Gil Rose. The recording is available for purchase on the orchestra's site. Shortly after the announcement, Norman spoke with NPR Classical about winning the award, stating his honor in winning as well as pointing out classical music's need to diversify.

Distributed annually, the Grawemeyer Awards celebrate excellence in the categories of Music Composition, Ideas Improving World Order, Education, Religion and Psychology, announced this year between November 28 and December 2. The award is accompanied by a prize of $100,000.

The Grawemeyer Awards's site reads:

Music has the ability to inspire, to bring joy to those who hear it and those who create it. It can convey great emotion in just a few powerful notes. There is, perhaps, no greater expression of the human spirit. For this reason, the Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition honors those who bring beauty and inspiration into the world.

To learn more about the life and music of Andrew Norman, listen to our episode of Meet the Composer with host Nadia Sirota, an excerpt of which can be heard above.

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