York Hoeller, a German composer who spent five years composing his orchestral work "Sphaeren," received the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for music composition.
Hoeller composed the piece _ "Spheres" in English _ from 2001-2006.
Marc Satterwhite, a University of Louisville music professor who directs the award, called it "magnificently scored, using a large orchestra to generate colors ranging from the most delicate to the most overwhelming. (It) grips you viscerally from the first bars and never lets up."
The prize was announced Monday.
The piece, among 136 entries considered for the $200,000 (euro134,066) prize, debuted in 2008. The six-movement, 40-minute piece was performed by the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne. It will be released on compact disc in April 2010.
The Grawemeyer Foundation at the University of Louisville awards $1 million each year _ $200,000 each for works in music composition, education, ideas improving world order, religion and psychology.
Awards founder Charles Grawemeyer _ an industrialist, entrepreneur and University of Louisville graduate _ wanted to reward powerful ideas or creative works in the sciences, arts and humanities.
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