Louis Andriessen, photo:Francesca Patella

Louis Andriessen 80

Birthday of a great composer

La passione

conductor Reinbert de Leeuw
film Jaap Drupsteen
singing Cristina Zavalloni, Claron McFadden
violin Frederieke Saeijs

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Thursday, 23 May 2019
20:15 hours
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Saturday, 25 May 2019
20:00 hours
Wednesday, 29 May 2019
20:15 hours
Stadsschouwburg De Vereeniging


On 6 June 2019 Louis Andriessen will turn 80! What better reason to place this magnificent composer in the limelight? Three compositions sketch his career in a nutshell.

The earliest work of the evening, Hoketus (1976), was created shortly after Andriessen achieved his international breakthrough with De Staat. From the radical, pounding music of Hoketus it is a unique journey to the sensuous soundscape of La Passione (2002).
Andriessen originally wrote the ecstatic Dances in 1991 for a choreography by Bianca van Dillen. Written for soprano and ensemble, Dances transports the listener to the world of paranormal perception – a gift that goes hand-in-hand with fear and dramatic turbulence. In La Passione (2002) for voice, violin and ensemble the violin pursues the voice in a diabolical manner. Andriessen based the work on the claustrophobic universe of the ill-fated Italian poet Dino Campana. The version of La Passione with Drupsteen’s visuals was previously performed at the Acht Brücken Festival. The visuals in Dances and Hoketus are a world première.

Reinbert de Leeuw about Louis Andriessen


Jaap Drupsteen, visuals bij La Passione

Webplaatse Jaap Drupsteen

Louis Andriessen - blog Tom Service


Tom Service's (The Guardian) blog on Louis Andriessen.

Interview Jaap Drupsteen

Lees het interview met ontwerper Jaap Drupsteen over zijn filmische werk bij de muziek van Louis Andriessen.