Louis Andriessen
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1939-06-06
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Louis Andriessen

Louis Andriessen Biography (BBC)

For many, Louis Andriessen is not only Holland’s leading composer – his structural rituals, distinctive sonorities and power-minimalist rhythms are the sound of Dutch music.

Andriessen, born in 1938, hails from a musical dynasty. His father Henrik Andriessen and uncle Willem were both distinguished composers, and his two siblings, Jurriaan and Caecilia, also followed in the family trade. The young Louis studied composition with his father and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Kees van Baaren, while a final period of study with Luciano Berio opened Andriessen’s ears to trends outside his native Holland.

Formative works such as Series (1958), Anachronie (1966–7) and Il duce (1973) find Andriessen immersed in the avant-garde concerns of serialism, collage and electronics; but then a fundamental rethink pushed him towards radical new departures. What he perceived as the deadening conservatism of the Dutch new music scene led to associations with more revolutionary compositional thinkers, improvisers and rock musicians. After a bruising experience with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Andriessen turned down subsequent opportunities to compose for symphony orchestra, preferring instead to create ensembles that reflected his wider interests in jazz and rock music.

His fraught relationship with the classical establishment boiled over in November 1969 when, with fellow travellers, he took part in a demonstration at a Concertgebouw Orchestra concert in Amsterdam. As Bernard Haitink gave the first downbeat, Andriessen and his colleagues let off claxons and rattles, and distributed leaflets proclaiming orchestras were a ‘status-symbol of the ruling elite in our society’. Meanwhile Andriessen’s own groups, Orkest de Volharding and Hoketus – with their trademark tonal blend of dry wind textures and electric guitars – began to perform a music without any reference point in Schoenbergian serialism or the post-war avant-garde. This music was rooted in Bach and Stravinsky (his favourite composers); in the wall of-sound big-band textures of Count Basie and Stan Kenton; in the process procedures of Terry Riley and Steve Reich.

Musically and philosophically the Plato-inspired De staat (1972–6) represented a new beginning. De tijd (1981), De snelheid (1983) and De materie (1988) all refined and expanded this basic sound-world, drawing on a rich palette of political, philosophical and religious texts. In 1991 Andriessen began collaborating with filmmaker Peter Greenaway, producing the film M is for Man, Music and Mozart and two operas: Rosa and Writing to Vermeer. In June 2008 Andriessen premiered his Dante-based La commedia at the Netherlands Opera. His The Hague Hacking was given its UK premiere at the Proms by the Labèque sisters and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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Louis Andriessen Biography (Wikipedia)

Louis Andriessen (born 6 June 1939) is a Dutch composer and pianist based in Amsterdam. He is a lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He was recipient of the Gaudeamus International Composers Award in 1959.

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De Staat
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De Staat
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De Staat Choir 2
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De Staat Choir 2

De Staat Choir 2

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London Sinfonietta, Synergy Vocals
Louis Andriessen
De Staat (Extract)
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De Staat (Extract)
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Strange Days
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Strange Days
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Ende
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Ende
Louis Andriessen
Rosa's horses - suite
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Rosa's horses - suite
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...miserere...
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...miserere...

...miserere...

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van Prooijen, Marijn
Louis Andriessen
Zilver (BBC SO 2015-16 Season)
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Zilver (BBC SO 2015-16 Season)
Louis Andriessen
La Commedia, Parts 4 and 5
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La Commedia, Parts 4 and 5
Bang on a Can
Hout
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Hout
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Mysterien
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Mysterien
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Dances
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Dances
Louis Andriessen
Hout, for tenor saxophone, marimba, guitar & piano
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Hout, for tenor saxophone, marimba, guitar & piano
Louis Andriessen
De Stijl
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De Stijl

De Stijl

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Fanny Alofs
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Louis Andriessen
De Volharding (excerpt)
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De Volharding (excerpt)
Louis Andriessen
M is for Man, Music, Mozart
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M is for Man, Music, Mozart
Louis Andriessen
De Stijl (final section)
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De Stijl (final section)
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De Stijl
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De Stijl
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Mouse Running
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Mouse Running
Louis Andriessen
De Tijd - extract
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De Tijd - extract
Louis Andriessen
De Staat for 4 female voices and 27 instruments
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De Staat for 4 female voices and 27 instruments
Vera Beths
Le voile du bonheur [The Veil of Happiness] (feat. Reinbert de Leeuw)
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Le voile du bonheur [The Veil of Happiness] (feat. Reinbert de Leeuw)
Conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, Schonberg Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir & Louis Andriessen
From De Materie – The Hammer Duet
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From De Materie –  The Hammer Duet

From De Materie – The Hammer Duet

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Conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, Schonberg Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir & Louis Andriessen
Louis Andriessen
De snelheid
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De snelheid
Louis Andriessen
De Staat (excerpt)
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De Staat (excerpt)
Louis Andriessen
Instrumental 1 from M is for Man, Music, Mozart
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Instrumental 1 from M is for Man, Music, Mozart
Louis Andriessen
Dances (extract)
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Dances (extract)
Louis Andriessen
Symfonie Voor Losse Snare
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Symfonie Voor Losse Snare
Louis Andriessen
Dat gebeurt in Vietnam
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Dat gebeurt in Vietnam
Louis Andriessen
Workers Union
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Workers Union
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Past BBC Events

BBC SO 2015-16 Season: Talk: Andriessen: M is for Man, Music & Mystery
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Barbican, London
2016-02-13T10:39:14
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Feb
2016
BBC SO 2015-16 Season: Talk: Andriessen: M is for Man, Music & Mystery

BBC SO 2015-16 Season: Talk: Andriessen: M is for Man, Music & Mystery

19:00
Barbican, London

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