Out With A Crash @ New Music Dublin

Out With A Crash @ New Music Dublin

Sunday, 4 March 2018, 9.00pm

To mark the end of the festival, Crash Ensemble and a crack band of festival musicians join in a joyous mass rendition of Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union; a symphonic movement for loud sounding instruments… with the emphasis on LOUD.

Each ticket comes with a free drink and an invite to the closing reception in the NCH Studio.

“not only the leading Dutch composer of our time, but one of the most important figures in European music in the last half century, whose influence has spread far beyond that of his own works.” – The Guardian, about Louis Andriessen

Workers Union (1975) is a composition by Louis Andriessen intended for any loud-sounding group of instruments; Andriessen did not want to handicap orchestras by providing a list of instruments.

Workers Union was originally written for the orchestra De Volharding (Perseverance), in which I myself figured as a pianist at that time. This piece is a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline: its rhythm is exactly fixed; the pitch, on the other hand, is indicated only approximately, on a single-lined stave. It is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, sort of like organising and carrying on political action. - Louis Andriessen


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Published on 31 January 2018

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