Composer David Lang ’89DMA is among those selected to receive this year’s Hans Christian Andersen Prize. He was selected for his composition The Little Match Girl Passion (2007), the piece for which he also won the Pulitzer Prize in Music. The recording of the work (by Theatre of Voices) received a Grammy Award in 2010.
The Hans Christian Andersen Prize is given by the H.C. Andersen Priskomite, located in Andersen’s hometown of Odense, Denmark. The award is presented annually at a ceremony held on April 2, Andersen’s birthday, to people who have contributed to the advancement of the storyteller’s works.
Each honoree receives a copper casting of Andersen’s book The Adventures of My Life, created by sculptor Jens Galschiødt. The award committee aims to promote the knowledge of the works of H.C. Andersen, and to present awards to individuals and organizations, who promote or interpret H.C. Andersen and his works.
This year’s award ceremony takes place at Teaterhuset in Odense, Denmark. The event will include a performance of selections from The Little Match Girl Passion. The other recipients of this year’s award are the Danish actor Christian Steffensen and the Czech duo of Mirka Cápová and Hana Hanácková.
Lang’s award citation notes: “Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s story and Johann Sebastian Bach’s great passions, David Lang has through The Little Match Girl Passion added emotional, unforgettable, and last not least a modern aspects to the story about the girl, who in spite of her tragic fate, sees happiness in life.
“In the hands of music, The Little Match Girl Passion has become one of the most important and most spell-binding interpretations of Hans Christian Andersen.” MORE