A Polish composer and an Icelandic composer have won at the 60th International Rostrum of Composers in Prague.

Agata Zubel (*1978) from Poland was chosen in the general category for her setting of Samuel Beckett’s text ‘Not I’. Written for soprano, chamber ensemble and electronics, the composition uses Beckett’s dramatic monologue, a logorrhea of fragmented sentences in which an elderly woman tells the story of her life.

Icelandic composer Ulfur Hansson (*1988) has constructed a new instrument, a harp played by electro-magnetic currents. His composition for this instrument, called ‘So Very Strange’, was selected in the ‘young composers’ category as ‘most worthwhile of worldwide broadcasting.’

As a result of the voting process a number of other compositions were ‘recommended’ for broadcast, including works from Denmark, Italy, Austria, Taiwan, Norway, Germany, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania.

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