Nicholas Maw, seen in 2006 on the set of his opera Sophies Choice at the Kennedy Center in Washington, was best-known for Odyssey, a 96-minute piece that is believed to be the longest continuous orchestral work ever written. It took him 14 years to complete the project. In 2001, violinist Joshua Bells interpretation of Maws Violin Concerto won the Grammy Award for instrumental soloist accompanied by orchestra.
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