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Morning Concert:
The Music of Louis Andriessen (1984)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 70 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

From a program originally broadcast on January 13, 1984, Charles Amirkhanian introduces avant-garde Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, and talks with him about his work “Velocity,” which had just been premiered by the San Francisco Symphony, where it was received with distrust by many of the more traditionally inclined members of the audience. In defense of his work Andriessen points out that unlike some American composers of minimal or repetitive music who according to Andriessen began to write more consonant music after gaining some acceptance among audiences, the Dutch composer’s works will remain true to his radical viewpoint. Also discussed in this highly informative and far ranging interview is the the varying availability of venues for avant-garde jazz and classical music in Europe and the United States, and a comparison between the work of Schoenberg, who Andriessen states was the last of the Romantics, and that of Stravinsky, the first of the modern composers. Amirkhanian also gets the Dutch composer to relate the story of how in the late 1960s a number of youth interested in increased support for avant-garde jazz and classical music disrupted a performance at the Concertgebouw with toy frogs. The program concludes with Andriessen talking about his efforts with the politically minded ensemble Orkest de Volharding, and with Russ Jennings quizzing him about what it means to be a composer of radical political music.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Mausoleum [excerpt] (1979, rev. 1981) (1:06) -- Il Duce, for tape [excerpt (1973) (2:03) --
Performers:  Residentie-Orkest of the Hague, Netherlands (Mausoleum)
Hans Vonk, conductor (Mausoleum)
Benito Mussolini, speaker (Il Duce)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Andriessen, Louis, 1939-; 20th century classical; Avant-garde (Music) ; Vocal duets with instrumental ensemble; Electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Andriessen, Louis, 1939-; Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945
Recording Date:  1/13/1984
First Broadcast Date:  1/13/1984
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Andriessen, Louis, 1939-; Orkest de Volharding; 20th century classical; Avant-garde (Music) ; Politics and culture
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Jennings, Russ; Andriessen, Louis, 1939-
Recording Date:  1/13/1984
First Broadcast Date:  1/13/1984
 
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