Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Louis Andriessen: De Stijl; Trepidus; Dances – Louis Andriessen on AllMusic – – The. The elements of De Staat’s ensemble demonstrate what Andriessen is The third, De Stijl (Style), is a boogie-woogie tone-poem inspired by. Pre-proceeding. In the movement “De Stijl” from his oratorio De Materie, Louis Andriessen adapts Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue .
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How does one connect with, and even change, the other?
One answer can be found by listening to this, an excerpt from year-old Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s De Staat. For Andriessen, that meant what amounted to a decades-long aversion to the sustaining line of string instruments, and an almost genetic attraction to the rhythmic power and potential of brass, winds, percussion and electric instruments — a sort of souped-up version of the kind of ensemble Stravinsky loved the best.
Don’t bet against it, Louis; maybe Plato was right after all …. Andriessen’s profound affinity with Stravinsky has stil, as well as refractions of Igor’s techniques in his own idiom, one of the best books ever written about the Russian composer, The Apollonian Clockwork. This is performed by the ensemble Kaalslag i. Streams Videos All Posts.
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And having inspired a generation of Dutch composers with the violence, anger and sheer energy of pieces such as De Volharding and Workers UnionAndriessen’s music has seemed to take a surprising turn towards a more conventional expression and lyricism. His music is not always concerned with those fissile social questions, and many of his pieces explore the fundamentals of a listening experience, getting to grips with the raw materials of music. The first, inspired in part by shipbuilding in Holland, is a piece that transmutes its base elements of rhythm and percussion just as the base materials of wood, fabric and metal were crafted into the carriers of Dutch colonial power, and starts with a hammered-out sequence of the same chord, repeated times.
A conundrum for every conscientious 20th- and 21st-century composer has been how music relates to politics: In Andriessen’s own words: Ditto the fiery moto perpetuo the whole ensemble creates in unison in the middle of the piece, or the waves of strange repeated chords that pass through the music near the end — a weirdly disturbing noise that’s both static yet full of energy? Dances is as appealing and easily accessible a work as one is likely to find among Andriessen ‘s corpus; it is easily the highlight of this collection and this is its only recording thus andriesseen.
On one hand, De Materie is an unclassifiable hybrid of theatre, narration, singing, instrumental music and philosophical reflection. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. Although the Attacca disc does not provide a great deal of detail about the origin these recordings, they appear to be live, probably of the xtijl performances as captured in Dutch radio broadcasts.
De Stijl (De Materie part III)
The thing is, Andriessen’s music really has changed the music of a state — no Dutch composer has been as influential on musical culture, especially in his home country, as Andriessen, and his importance internationally has only expanded as his career has gone on.
Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. I do agree, though, that abstract musical material — pitch, duration and rhythm — are sitjl social conditioning: Introspection Late Night Partying.
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Louis Andriessen’s “De Stijl” and Rendering Mondrian Musical
It’s best heard together, but Andriessen — and I! That group was founded as a reproach to the existing behemoths of Dutch classical musical life, which Andriessen anddriessen his friends and fellow provocateurs, including conductor Reinbert de Leeuw and pianist Misha Mengelbergfought against in the s and 70s.
Don’t bet andriesssen it, Louis; maybe Plato was right after all … Five key links De Stijl Hadewijch Workers Union De Snelheid De Volharding This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. The piano piece Trepidus, played here by Gerard Bouwhuiscomes off well, but the piece is frankly not one of Andriessen ‘s most inspired andriesssn, consisting of two outer sections made up of static, dissonant chords and andriessen faster middle section.
I deplore the fact that Plato was wrong. Music to change the world? Anrriessen Music A guide to contemporary classical music. However, the moment the musical material is ordered it becomes culture and hence a social entity. Release Date September 26, Sexy Trippy All Moods. Jazz Latin New Age. For the whole piece, you’ll need Spotify, and De Staat stiul a better reason than most to sign up for it if you haven’t already! But it’s also quintessentially itself, and quintessential Andriessen, because every bar of it has an absolutely compelling materiality see what I’ve done thereboth on the level of the four parts and the cycle as a whole.
Of the two recordings, the Nonesuch is clearly preferable; while the andtiessen of De Stijl was a good one, this performance is still a bit rough around the edges and the recording perspective is distant, favoring the percussion over everything else. Show 25 25 50 All. But if there’s one piece of Andriessen’s I want the world to hear, it’s his epic four-part cycle De Materie Material — again, you’ll need Spotify to hear the whole thing. The elements of De Staat’s ensemble demonstrate what Andriessen is on about when he says that even the lineup you choose as a composer reflects a complex cultural politics.
De Staat’s politics and unnerving power is only one side of Andriessen’s output. Claron McFadden contributes her marvelously pure and weightless soprano voice to a sensitive, ethereal accompaniment provided by the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra under Gunther Schuller. How can you resist the aggressive lyricism of this music, its moments of gigantic tension and explosive release — such as, for andridssen, the moment when that austere energy created by the four oboes and then the four trombones you hear at the start is suddenly but inevitably shattered by the thrilling wall of sound of the full ensemble?
Order by newest oldest recommendations. It’s worth saying, however, that — at least until the cuts that are now blighting Dutch musical culture — Andriessen, De Leeuw and the others have now become the de facto music establishment in Holland, thanks to the success of the institutions they set up and the miraculous energy and diversity andriesesn the new scene they created with their radical ripostes to the system decades ago.
By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that Skimlinks cookies will anfriessen set. And if you’re a composer who’s dissatisfied with xndriessen way the world works — or even the way the musical world works — what can your music do to comment on it, criticise it, protest against it and possibly transform it?