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Penderecki won his first important awards during the Second National Competition for Young Composers organised by the Polish Composers’ Union. In that competition, three of his compositions received the main prizes: Strophes, Psalms of David and Emanations. Then came the prize at the 1961 International Rostrum of Composers in Paris for his Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, and many other prestigious international awards from the Prix Italia and Grawemeyer Music Award to a Grammy. Penderecki also holds nearly thirty honorary doctorates granted by universities and academies throughout the world. He was honoured with the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest state decoration.