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Andriessen, Louis: De Materie [Matter] (1985-88) 108'
Stagework for soprano and tenor soloists, two speakers, eight voices and large ensemble

Music Text

various (Fl,Fl-E)

Scoring

S,T,2speakers; chorus(2.2.2.2) 3.4(III,IV=corA).5.3bcl(III=dbcl).2asax.2tsax.barsax.0-4.4.4.1-perc(6):3marimbas/glsp/vib(4hands)/ 11gongs/SD/2BD/string dr/2drum sets(hi-hat,cym,8boobams and/or syn dr,SD,BD)/lg rattle/ 3lg cowbells/lg log dr/2lg metal boxes/2sets of tom-t/metal chimes(ad lib)/t.bells/lg slapstick/guiro/ bell tree/tam-t/timp/2bellplate/metal and heavy metal(eg 4car bumpers)-harp-cel-2pft-2synth-2gtr-bass gtr- strings(2.2.2.2.1)

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Territory

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World Premiere

01/06/1989
Muziektheater, Amsterdam
Robert Wilson, director / Netherlands Opera/Materie Orkest / Reinbert de Leeuw

Press Quotes

"...there's no doubt that De Materie is Andriessen's finest work to date, and one of the most significant scores produced by a European composer in the last 20 years." The Guardian

"...an arresting piece that combines rigorous planning with exuberant, vigorous invention." The Observer



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