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Louis Andriessen

p, org, *1939 NL, Utrecht
Singer / Musician / Composer of Classical

Dutch composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, piano, and electroacoustic works, born June 6, 1939, Utrecht. Louis Andriessen was born into a predominant Dutch family of composers that included his father Hendrik (1892-1981), uncle Willem (1887-1964) and older brother Jurriaan (1925-1996). In 1953, he studied composition with his father and from 1957-62, he had studies with Kees van Baaren at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag. Upon completing his studies in Den Haag, he won the conservatory's prize for composition, and proceeded to Milan and later to Berlin to study with Luciano Berio from 1962-64. Louis Andriessen is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Selected Work at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris (1977) and the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize twice (1977, 1992). He has founded two new music ensembles in 1972, the wind ensemble Orkest de Volharding (which still performs today), and in 1976, the amplified ensemble Hoketus (which disbanded in 1987). His book (written with Elmer Schönberger) is Het Apollinisch Uurwerk (The Apollonian Clockwork, translated by Jeff Hamburg), a study of Igor Stravinsky (1982). In 1974, he began teaching instrumentation at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (where he was appointed as a composition teacher in 1978); in 1987, he lectured at Yale University. Louis Andriessen is esteemed not only for his compositions, which now number beyond 130, but also for his teaching (his pupils include Steve Martland and quite literally all major Dutch composers since himself). His works are regularly performed across the globe by some of the world's best ensembles and soloists. He has now done three very successful collaborations with the British filmmaker Peter Greenaway (M is for Man, Music, Mozart, 1991, Rosa, 1993-94 and Writing to Vermeer, 1997-99) and one with the American filmmaker Hal Hartley (The New Math[s], 2000). His latest large-scale work, La Passione, written for Oliver Knussen and the London Sinfonietta, was premiered in October 2002, during a two-week celebration of his oeuvre at the South Bank Centre in London.

  • Piano
  • Organ
  • Vocals
  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
M is for Man, Music, Mozart: The Eisenstein Song on De Stijl; M is for Man, Music, Mozart by Louis Andriessen
Un beau baiser on First Drop by Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier
Séries: I - II - III on Dutch Masters by Lucas Jussen & Arthur Jussen
De Staat on De Staat by Louis Andriessen, Reinbert de Leeuw & Schönberg Ensemble
De Stijl on De Stijl; M is for Man, Music, Mozart by Louis Andriessen
Séries: IV - V - VI on Dutch Masters by Lucas Jussen & Arthur Jussen
Séries: VII - VIII - IX on Dutch Masters by Lucas Jussen & Arthur Jussen
Séries: X - XI - XII on Dutch Masters by Lucas Jussen & Arthur Jussen
Workers Union on Gigantic Dancing Human Machine by Louis Andriessen & Bang On A Can All-Stars
M is for Man, Music, Mozart: The Alphabet Song on De Stijl; M is for Man, Music, Mozart by Louis Andriessen

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Theatre Of The WorldLouis Andriessen, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Reinbert de Leeuw2017Album
Red VelvetMaya Fridman, Karen Tanaka, César Lüttger, Gaspar Cassadó, Oswaldo Golijov, Louis Andriessen, Kaveh Vares, Алиса Апрелева2017Album
GhostDominik Strycharski / Louis Andriessen2017Album
Horizon 6Concertgebouworkest, Detlev Glanert, Michel van der Aa, Luc Brewaeys, Louis Andriessen, Janine Jansen, David Robertson, Otto Tausk, Mariss Jansons, 张弦, Vladimir Jurowski2015Album
La CommediaLouis Andriessen2014Album
Solos For VirtuosiLouis Andriessen2014Album
Anaïs NinLouis Andriessen2011Single
Anaïs Nin; De StaatLouis Andriessen, London Sinfonietta, Cristina Zavalloni, David Atherton, Synergy2011Album
Garden Of ErosLouis Andriessen - Schoenberg Quartet2009Album
De StaatLouis Andriessen, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble2008Album
Het Verhaal Van Letter From Cathy - Over Muziek En VertelkunstLouis Andriessen, Cristina Zavalloni2008Album
Writing To VermeerLouis Andriessen2006Album
De Tijd / TimeLouis Andriessen, Reinbert de Leeuw, Asko Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble2005Album
All The PianoworksLouis Andriessen, Ralph van Raat2005Album
Gigantic Dancing Human Machine: Bang On A Can Plays Louis AndriessenBang On A Can, Louis Andriessen2002Compil.
Short Ride In A Fast Machine • The Chairman Dances • Harmonium / De SnelheidJohn Adams / Louis Andriessen2002Album
Rosa The Death Of A ComposerLouis Andriessen2000Album
PianoduoLouis Andriessen, Huba De Graaff, Huib Emmer, Klas Torstensson, Cees Van Zeeland, Gerard Bouwhuis1999Album
ViolaJan Van Vlijmen, Matthijs Vermeulen, Louis Andriessen, Schoenberg Quartet, Nobuko Imai1999Album
Trilogie van de Laaste DagLouis Andriessen1999Album
Blues For PianoMarcel Worms - Louis Andriessen, Michiel Braam, David Dramm, Hang Zou, Mauricio Kagel, Theo Loevendie, Luca Macchi1999Album
ZilverLouis Andriessen, The California E.A.R. Unit1997Album
Nocturnen / Ittrospezione III (Concept II) / Anachronie I / Contra Tempus / Anachronie IILouis Andriessen1996Album
De MaterieLouis Andriessen1996Album
Saxophone QuartetsLouis Andriessen, Geert van Keulen, Tristan Keuris, Peter van Onna, Martijn Padding, Theo Verbey, The Aurelia Saxophone Quartet1995Album
De Stijl / M Is For Man, Music, MozartLouis Andriessen1994Album
The Memory Of RosesLouis Andriessen1993Album
De TijdLouis Andriessen, Schönberg Ensemble With Slagwerkgroep Den Haag And Nederlands Kamerkoor, Reinbert de Leeuw1993Album
De Stijl / Trepidus / DancesLouis Andriessen1993Album
Melodie / Symfonie Voor Losse SnarenLouis Andriessen1992Album
Nadir & ZenitGreetje Bijma, Louis Andriessen, Sybren Polet1992Album
Mausoleum / HoketusLouis Andriessen1992Album
De StaatLouis Andriessen1991Album
Mausoleum / De SnelheidLouis Andriessen1986Album
Doctor NeroLouis Andriessen En Lodewijk De Boer1984Album
Wind Band CompositionsLouis Andriessen, Kees van Baaren, Geert van Keulen, Willem Breuker1984Album
De TijdLouis Andriessen1982Album
GolvenLouis Andriessen1982Album
De StaatLouis Andriessen1978Album
De Staat / Il Principe / Il Duce / HoketusLouis Andriessen1977Album
The Family (Original Soundtrack)Louis Andriessen, Orkest o.l.v. Ruud Bos1973Album
Romance In FLouis Andriessen1970Single
ReconstructieLouis Andriessen / Hugo Claus / Reinbert de Leeuw / Misha Mengelberg / Harry Mulisch / Peter Schat1969Album
Nocturnen / Canti E Giuochi / Scherzo IILouis Andriessen / Marius Flothuis / Léon Orthel1965Album
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