American composer Libby Larsen’s early musical training included Gregorian Chant, Dixieland music and boogie-woogie. In 1973, Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, and 10 years later was appointed a composer-in-residence by the Minnesota Orchestra – the first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major orchestra. In 2010, she received a Peabody Award for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America. Listen to "Try Me Good King" from Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII.
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