Introducing Louis Andriessen

A Focused Immersion in the Music of the Noted Dutch Composer and Pedagogue

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The long-awaited opportunity has finally arisen! We're thrilled to spotlight Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, who has, in ways both clear and covert, played a crucial role in the sonic idenity of Q2. Over a seventy-year career, Andriessen has amassed prestigious awards, including the 2011 Grawemeyer Award, composed prolifically and idiosyncratically and come to be regarded as one of the most sought-after composition teachers in the Western world. However, beyond a few smaller works, including Workers Union and Hout, his work, if not his name, remains unjustly obscure here in the United States. Beginning Monday, December 6 on Q2, we aim to address that.

Listen in for tailored programming including:

  • Monday's Nadia Sirota on Q2 at 12 a.m. and p.m.
  • Tuesday's Workers Union mini-marathon at 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday's focus on Andriessen's composer-father, Hendrik Andriessen, at 4 p.m.
  • Friday's focus on shorter works of his many students at 4 p.m.
  • Weekday evening features of his large-form works, including De materie (Matter), De staat (The Republic), La Passione and De tijd (Time) at 10 p.m.
  • Weekend opera focus, including Saturday at 2 p.m.: Rosa: The Death of a Composer and Sunday at 8 p.m.: Writing to Vermeer

From the breakthrough, large-form collaborations with Peter Greenaway to the concentrated punches of pieces introduced to the U.S. by groups such as the Bang on a Can All-Stars, descriptions of Andriessen's style abound with the same complex energy as his ecstatic, rhythmic experimentations. So sit back from the computer for a moment; his music rewards full attention and doesn't take background listening lightly.

For more background, here's a April 2004 interview with Louis Andriessen on WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer:


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Comments [3]

Richard Friedman - Music From Other Minds from San Francisco

Louis Andriessen will be one of the featured composers presented at the next Other Minds Festival in San Francisco in early March.

Dec. 03 2010 05:15 PM

Good call! We'll see about their version of "A Ticket to Ride" in the programming for Monday.

Dec. 02 2010 04:27 PM

If I'm not mistaken, Andriessen composed the versions of Beatles songs that Cathy Berberian sang. It'd be lovely to hear some of those if you have any time left in your programming.

Dec. 02 2010 03:08 PM

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