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Andriessen, LouisROSA The Death of a Composer (1993-94) 100'
Music theatre work

Music Text  
Libretto/scenario by Peter Greenaway (E)

2S,2T,Bar,female jazz singer; chorus( 3(I,II=picc).4.2asax(I=ssax).tsax(=barsax,bcl).barsax(=tsax,bcl)-; marimba/high metal(loud & sharp)/3cyms(1v.lg)/chimes/tam-t/2snare dr/ lg rasps (diff sizes)/whip/wdbl/bongos/tom-t; xyl/gongs/tamb/wdbl/tom-t/bongos/drum- set(+guiro, hi-hat); 3timp/tgl/rattle/big logdrum/wdbl/bongos/tom-t-2pft- synth-2elec.gtr-mouth organ-strings(min4.
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World Premiere
Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam
Lyndon Terracini (Rosa)/Marie Angel (Esmeralda) Peter Greenaway, director / Netherlands Opera/Schoenberg & Asko Ensembles / Reinbert de Leeuw

Press Quotes  
"...a virtuoso achievement that synthesises all the strands of Andriessen's personality." The Guardian

" is clear from the maturity of the Rosa score that he has developed an idiom in which minimalism, a distinct sort of rhythmic Stravinskianism and mainstream modernism are blended with masterful, totally personal ease... it is triumphantly impossible to distinguish pop, jazz and classical styles..." Sunday Times

Recommended Recording
Lyndon Terracini/Miranda Van Kralingen/Marie Angel/Christopher Gillett/Roger Smeets/Phyllis Blanford/Schoenberg Ensemble/Asko Ensemble/Reinbert de Leeuw
Nonesuch 7559 79559-2

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