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Composer Ugis Praulins nominated for Grammy Award

Ugis Praulins. Photo: Lita Krone/LETA.
 RIGA, Dec 6 - Ugis Praulins' "The Nightingale" has been nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
The winners will be announced in Los Angeles on February 10 during the 55th annual ceremony.
Praulins wrote "The Nightingale" inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's story of the same name, which tells about a Chinese emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale.
"The story is also interesting because Andersen was once also in love with a nightingale - Swedish soprano Jenny Lind who did not reciprocate Andersen's feelings and so, jut like the emperor in the story, Andersen had to let his nightingale go. Working on the score, I not only listened and recorded nightingale sing, but literally transcribed the nightingale song for a recorder. So in concert, a real nightingale melody will be played by a recorder," says the composer.
Praulins composed "The Nightingale" in 2010 for the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and flutist Michala Petri, it premiered in Denmark's Arhus on March 30, 2011. The composition was recorded and released on a CD by the Danish record company "Our Recordings".
Praulins' "The Nightingale" has also been included in a collection of Nordic composers' contemporary music, also called "The Nightingale". The recording won the prestigious "Echo Klassik" award as the best recording of a world premiere.
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