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Music Text

various (Fl,Fl-E)


S,T,2speakers; chorus(
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-

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Boosey & Hawkes

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World Premiere
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

Recommended Recording

Susan Narucki/James Doing/Gertrude Thoma/Cindy Oswin/
Asko Ensemble/Schönberg Ensemble/
Netherlands Chamber Choir/
Reinbert de Leeuw
Nonesuch 79367

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