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The Music of Louis Andriessen Yayoi Uno Everett

The Music of Louis Andriessen

Yayoi Uno Everett

Published January 15th 2007
ISBN : 9780521864237
Hardcover
266 pages
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For much of his career, the internationally known and still active Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has been understood as an iconoclast who challenged and resisted the musical establishment. This 2007 book explores his compositions as a case studyMoreFor much of his career, the internationally known and still active Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has been understood as an iconoclast who challenged and resisted the musical establishment. This 2007 book explores his compositions as a case study for exploring the social and aesthetic implications of new music. Everett chronicles the evolution of Andriessens music over the course of five decades: the formative years in which he experimented with serialism and collage techniques- his political activism in the late 1960s- concept works from the 1970s that provide musical commentary on philosophical writings by Plato, St Augustine and others- theatrical and operatic collaborations with Robert Wilson and Peter Greenaway in the 1980s and 1990s- and recent works that explore contemplative themes on death and madness. Everetts analysis of Andriessens music draws on theories of parody, narrativity, and intertextuality that have gained currency in musicological discourse in recent years.