Louis Andriessen is one of Europe's most eminent and influential composers * Music combines propulsive energy, economy of material and distinctive sonorities, often dominated by pungent wind and brass, pianos and electric guitars * Works show influence of Stravinsky * Has explored, in relation to music, the subjects of politics, time, velocity, matter and mortality in five works for large ensemble: De Staat (1976), De Tijd (1981), De Snelheid (1983), De Materie (1985-88), and Trilogy of The Last Day (1996-97) * Stageworks include operas Writing to Vermeer (1997-98), La Commedia (2004-08) and monodrama Anaïs Nin (2009-10) * A central figure in Dutch contemporary arts scene * Winner of the 2011 Grawemeyer Award * Series of recordings on the Nonesuch label
Works by Louis Andriessen include:
Hoketus (1977) for 2 groups of five instruments
De Stijl (1985) for 4 women's voices, female speaker and large ensemble
Writing to Vermeer (1997-98) Opera in six scenes, in collaboration with Peter Greenaway
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Looking ahead: 80th birthday feature at the Berlin Festival includes European premiere of The only one with Nora Fischer and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and German premiere of Mysterïen with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (2-5 Sep).
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"Andriessen achieves a kind of honest rugged sonic splendour that communicates an unimpeachable creative honesty ..." — CD Review