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Sphären - Der Ewige Tag

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Sphären for large orchestra and live electronics (2001 - 2006) performed by 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Der ewige Tag for mixed chorus, large orchestra andlive electronics (1998 - 2000, rev. 2002) performed by WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln/Semyon Bychkov. "With his orchestral cycle Sphären (Spheres), composer York Höller created a large-scale work that bundles together the literary, artistic, and personal experiences of the past decades like in a magnifying glass. Spheres consists of six 'sound images' of different character, of which the first five were written during the years 2001 to 2005; after the death of his wife, Ursula Höller-Heidemann, in January 2006, Höller added the concluding sixth movement and dedicated the music 'in love and gratitude' to the deceased. By giving names both to the cycle as well as the individual movements, the composer brings into play an evocativeness on the level of the titles that reflects some of the stimuli and impulses for the creation of the work. York Höller studied composition in Cologne with B.A. Zimmermann and Herbert Eimert, and piano with Alfons Kontarsky, on top of his studies in music education and musicology. He received important impulses from Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez, having frequently worked at Boulez's IRCAM institute in Paris. His oeuvre encompasses an opera (The Master and Margarita, premiered in 1989 in Paris), orchestral works, chamber and piano music, as well as electronic and live-electronic compositions. From 1990 to 1999 he was artistic director of the Studio for Electronic Music of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), and is currently Professor of Composition at the Cologne College of Music. Höller attained international fame as a result of numerous performances throughout Europe and the USA and a number of CD releases, and last but not least with his orchestral work Aufbruch (Departure) which was a commission from the German Government of the occasion of the parliament's move to the occasion of the parliament's move to the new capital Berlin. This year, York Höller will receive the prestigious American Grawemeyer Award 2010 for Sphären, the highest music prize ever bestowed on a single composition."