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10:01 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Dutch Composer's Multimedia Work Wins Grawemeyer Music Prize

Michel van de Aa

The 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition goes to Dutch composer Michel van der Aa.

The 42 year old van der Ah is being honored for his 30 minute work "Up-close," which blends concerto with film. The piece is performed with a large screen onstage near a cellist and string ensemble. The musical and visual art begin to intertwine as the work progresses.

Van der Ah says he doesn’t always mix genres, but in this case it was the best way to convey the work to the audience.

"Do I need a string quartet, or do I need film screens and electronics and stuff like that? It’s always the idea that dictates the medium and the instruments and not the other way around," he said.

The Grawemeyer Award includes a $100,000 cash prize. U of L will announce Grawemeyers this week in three other categories, and a religion prize in conjunction with the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.