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An Interview with Louis Andriessen, July 30, 1979

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 114 min
Event Type: Interview Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian and Robert Hughes interview the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen in July of 1979. Andriessen is a third generation Dutch composer, whose work has been strongly influenced by his socialist politics. In this interview he discusses his work with two Dutch ensembles with leftist leanings and how, in such a situation, even a conductor is considered too authoritarian. The three also talk about the role the Dutch Government plays in financing the arts and how that differs from the situation in the United States. In addition, Andriessen describes three of his works, “Hoketus”, “Symphony for Open Strings”, and “Mausoleum”; what it was like to grow up in a family of famous composers; and how his politics influence which commissions he accepts and what type of ensembles he writes for.

Musical Selections:  Hoketus, for pan pipes, pianos, electric pianos, bass guitars, and congos [excerpt] (1975-77) (5:10) / Louis Andriessen -- Symfonie voor losse snaren (”Symphony for Open Strings”), for 12 solo strings (1978) (30:05) / Louis Andriessen -- Mausoleum, for two baritones and large ensemble [text by Mikhail Bakunin & Arnould Arnould] (1979) (32:21) / Louis Andriessen
Performers:  Ensemble Hoketus (Hoketus)
Louis Landuyt, baritione (Mausoleum)
Charles van Tassel, baritone (Mausoleum)
enlarged Netherlands Wind Ensemble (Mausoleum)
Lucas Vis, conductor (Mausoleum)
Genres:  Avant-Garde; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Andriessen, Louis, 1939-; Avant-garde (Music); 20th century classical; Art -- Political aspects; Government aid to music; Instrumental ensembles; Symphonies (String orchestra); Vocal duets with instrumental ensemble
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Andriessen, Louis, 1939-; Bakunin, Mikhail Aleksandrovich, 1814-1876; Arnould, Arthur, 1833-1895; Hughes, Robert, 1933-; Landuyt, Louis ; Tassel, Charles van ; Vis, Lucas
Recording Date:  7/30/1979
 
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