Robert Adlington's new study of Louis Andriessen's De Staat, just published by Ashgate, explores both Andriessen's fusion of politics and art, and the resulting work which proved to be a turning point in contemporary Dutch music. One of the most distinctive musical creations of the late 20th century, De Staat summed up Andriessen's compositional style and proved hugely influential on a younger generation of composers.
This book is the first extended, single-author study of Andriessen in any language. It opens with a detailed account of Andriessen's involvement in the political upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s which formed the basis for his later views on instrumentation and musical style. The following chapters assess the principal influences on his music and the musical structure of De Staat. The book closes with an extensive discussion of the meaning of De Staat in the light of the composer's firmly held socio-political views.
An accompanying CD includes a thrilling live recording of De Staat from the 1978 Holland Festival, plus two earlier works not previously commercially available on compact disc - De Volharding and Il Principe.
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