In 1957 he came to the United States, where he taught at several schools, including the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He served as Composer-in-Residence at University of Scranton for several years, until his death. Most of his music is for wind instruments or concert band, and most is designed for student performers. He used non-functional modal writing, pandiatonicism, and motor rhythms extensively. Nelhybel received numerous prizes and awards for his compositions, which include, a prize at the International Music and Dance Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, for his Ballet In the Shadow of the Limetree. In 1954, he was also awarded the first prize of the Ravitch Foundation in New York for his opera A Legend, and in 1978 he won an award from the Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts.
Four American universities have honored him with honorary doctoral degrees in music. In addition to his works for winds, he wrote three ballets, three operas, and a symphony. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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