Monday, May 31, 2010

Noise Quotes

Mirjam Zegers sends some funny quotes from Alex Ross' "The Rest is Noise":

The Mozart scrimmage
"Dave Lupack, our classical/sports liaison, notes that New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini has been blasting Mozart during practices at Jets training camp (read to the end of this item). It seems that Mangini read those Mozart-makes-you-smarter articles and decided that it would work on his offense. We would recommend Louis Andriessen instead."
The classical comeback (cont.)
"More on that 22.5% bump in classical record sales: reports from insiders suggest that the rise is not, in fact, due to crossover fare (Il Divo, André Rieu, the Dowland-howling Sting) but to the real thing (Mozart, Beethoven, Louis Andriessen)" (...)

Monday, May 10, 2010

De Staat at Carnegie Hall

Enseble ACJW with John Adams as conductor perform "de Staat" this evening at Carnegie Hall.
Program notes by Robert Adlington.
To see archive video of "De Staat" from 1978 Holland festival in Carre Theatre go to July 9, 2009 post on this blog.

Adlington's book, Louis Andriessen: De Staat, Ashgate, 2004.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Hoketus Archives

Short video excerpt from 1981 showing ensemble Hoketus playing "Hoketus". Performers:
Group 1: Jan Willem v.d. Ham, Sax/ Patricio Wang, Panflute/ Paul Koek, Congas/ Gerard Bouwhuis, Piano/ Gene Carl, Fender Piano/ Huib Emmer, Bass Guitar/
Group 2 (right): Mariette Rouppe v.d. Voort, sax/ Renato Freyggang, Panflute/ Luuk Nachtegaal, Congas/ Cees van Zeeland, Piano/ Louis Andriessen, Fender Piano/ Jeanette Yanikian, Bass Guitar

Recently another youtube "Hoketus" recording emerged:

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Image de Moreau Box Notes

Recently I got "Image de Moreau" box with nine piano pieces, chosen by the composer, published by MCN.

It includes Andriessen's comment about the pieces: "Strangely enough many of the pieces have some sort of handicap. There are no fewer than three pieces for one hand, left or right. There is one piece which has only chords, as in a Bach chorale. There is even a piece in which not a single note occurs.
The box also contains some birthday presents."

Another note is included, about the graphic design of Louis Andriessen's Image de Moreau box by Bas Mantel:

"The basic assumption for Bas Mantel was to design something different to the traditional piano book, something special, retaining its original functionality at the same time. The front of the box, which holds nine piano booklets, represents the Gustave Moreau painting Dalila, this picture being Louis Andriessen's personal choice.
So as to emphasize graphically the connection between the image and the nine works by Andriessen, Mantel has divided the painting into nine parts, one for each cover. Enlargements of these cuts will stress the details and the figurative symbols in addition to the abstract colour spaces. The composition, the painter's touch, colour, rhythm and texture of the autonomous images are, so to speak, an interpretation analogous to the piece of music. In an indirect manner, Image de Moreau refers by its choice of cover to the Andriessen work Souvenirs d'enfance, which was also published in a box in 1969."

The pieces are: Image de Moreau, Base, Etude Pour Les Timbres, Trois Pieces, Caecilia's Contrapunt, Ricercare, Trepidus, Feli-citazione, Blokken.

Ursula Oppens plays "Image de Moreau", from youtube: