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Polar Music Prize for Ligeti

György Ligeti has been awarded the Polar Music Prize 2004, one of the most important accolades in the musical world. He shares the prize, which he will be awarded in May 2004, with the American blues-legend B.B. King. Former recipients include: Paul McCartney, Elton John, Isaac Stern, Iannis Xenakis and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Awarded by The Royal Swedish Academy of Music, they announced: “The Polar Music Prize for 2004 is being awarded to the Hungarian-born composer György Ligeti for stretching the boundaries of the musically conceivable, from mind-expanding sounds to new astounding processes, in a thoroughly personal style that embodies both inquisitiveness and imagination.”


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