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Louis Andriessen

Louis Andriessen Photo © Francesca Patella
b. 1939

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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: featured composer at Bang on a Can's MASS MoCA Summer Music Festival (4/5 Aug); German premiere of Writing to Vermeer in Heidelberg (May 2018); new orchestral work for New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden (2018/19 season). 

New Video: View an interview with Louis Andriessen talking about his life and music.
"Andriessen achieves a kind of honest rugged sonic splendour that communicates an unimpeachable creative honesty ..." — CD Review



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