Friday, February 7, 2014

Andriessen 75 Festival in Washington

April 6-13 (from the festival web page) Andriessen 75 is a week long festival celebrating the life and work of the iconoclastic Dutch composer, Louis Andriessen, on the occasion of his 75th birthday in 2014. Developed and curated by Armando Bayolo, founder of Great Noise Ensemble and new music curator at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Andriessen 75 features a host of premieres and defining works by the honored composer, alongside pieces and performances by some of his most noted collaborators, students and friends. Highlights include the U.S. premieres of Andriessen's The Family Revisited, Monument to Graettinger and Image de Moreau (Andriessen's career-spanning collection of solo piano works, performed in its entirety); the East Coast premiere of his violin concerto, La Girò, written expressly for internationally renowned performer and Andriessen interpreter, Monica Germino; and the Washington, D.C. premiere of Andriessen's Grawmeyer Award-winning opera, La Commedia in a concert version featuring Great Noise Ensemble, Third Practice, Lindsay Kesselman, Andrew Sauvageau and the renowned Andriessen interpreter, Cristina Zavalloni. The Bang on a Can All Stars present the Washington, D.C. premiere of Life, composed for the ensemble, on a program with pieces by leading American composers (and Andriessen protégés) David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe and Steve Martland (in memoriam). The Aeolus Quartet closes the festival powerfully with a performance of Andriessen's complete string quartets. The whole festival program could be seen here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Still possible to hear new piece Mysteriën (Mysteries) premiered on 3 November 2013 (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam) at Radio 4 Concerthuis. Interview about Mysteries available here.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Rosa's Horses World Premiere

A new orchestral suite Rosa's Horses, arranged from Louis Andriessen's opera by Clark Rundell, was premiered at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam today. Amsterdam's Zaterdag Matinee series plays host on 18 May to the premiere of a new Andriessen orchestral suite, Rosa's Horses, drawn from his 1994 operatic collaboration with Peter Greenaway, ROSA. The 25-minute suite has been arranged by Clark Rundell who worked closely with the composer on this and an earlier suite Vermeer Pictures based on Andriessen's opera Writing to Vermeer, following in the historic tradition of creating suites from stageworks to allow the music to be heard outside the opera house. Rundell conducts the first performance of Rosa's Horses at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. Clark Rundell writes: "When Louis and I worked together on Vermeer Pictures I started listening again to his first major Greenaway collaboration, Rosa. Louis likes to call Vermeer his feminine daughter and there's no doubt that Rosa is the masculine son! From the first bar of wildly chasing canons led by the saxophones, the piece hurtles through music which evokes the sound world of a pastiche Spaghetti Western, full of energy, wit and irony. However, these helter skelter moments remain carefully balanced with moments of utter beauty, even timeless suspension. I cannot wait to bring this music to life - important, glorious music which has not been heard live for over fifteen years." Read more here.. Toy horse from "Rosa, the Death of a Composer", Photo by J. Novak

Monday, May 6, 2013

New book: De Andriessens

Agnes van der Horst's book "De Andriessens: A colorful family of musicians and artists" was published recently (in Dutch). In this biography journalist and musicologist Van der Horst describes extraordinary family of musicians and artists including three major Dutch composers, Hendrik, Jurriaan and Louis, and also sculptor Mari Andriessen, the creator of "The Dock Worker Monument" in Amsterdam.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rosa Poster

Back in 1998 this was the poster for "ROSA The Death of a Composer" (1993-94) - a horse drama - by Louis Andriessen and Peter Greenaway.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


In 1941 American composers John Cage and Lou Harrison wrote together "Double Music". Fourteen composers, including Louis Andriessen took the same challenge and created seven pieces for one to twenty percussionists. The result was Double Music concert that took place last week at Muziekgebouw at Iij in Amsterdam. The concert included video interviews in which composers explain what Cage meant to them, among the others. Louis Andriessen and Martijn Padding's contribution to this initiative performed by Slagwerk Den Haag is "Gesprek" (Conversation).