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      2016 Gaudeamus graphic and spirit guide of the 70th festival

      2016 Gaudeamus graphic and spirit guide of the 70th festival

      In the Field: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Part II

      Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Gaudeamus Festival festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, is a powerhouse contemporary music festival showcasing young talent from around the world. The second of our two-part series will feature interviews and audio from the established mentor composers at this year’s festival.     Yair Klartag There’s no lack of void [EXCERPT] […]

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      Stained glass from the interior of Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

      Stained glass from the interior of Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

      Modern Oratorio

      Large-scale sacred works might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of contemporary music, but a number of important composers are creating expansive works inspired by their concept of a higher power. John Adams: When Herod Heard fr. El Niño Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Nagano; Theatre of Voices; London Voices; Willard White, […]

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      Gaudeamus Muziekweek takes over the picturesque city of Utrecht for five days.

      Gaudeamus Muziekweek takes over the picturesque city of Utrecht for five days.

      In the Field: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Part I

      Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, in the Netherlands is a powerhouse contemporary music festival showcasing young talent from around the world. Every year the Gaudeamus Award is granted to a new music pioneer, this year nominees include Giulio Colangelo, David Bird, James O’Callaghan, Anthony Vine, and Shih-Wei Lo, all under […]

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      Louis Andriessen in 1983

      Louis Andriessen in 1983

      The Andriessen Effect

      For more than thirty years, young composers have traveled to Holland to worship at the altar of Louis Andriessen, perhaps most notably the three composers from the storied collective Bang on a Can.  As a result Andriessen, and Bang on a Can themselves, have had an outsize influence on the music of our time.  We’ll […]

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      Composer/performers Sam Scranton and Ellen McSweeney performing MIMIC. Photo by Aleksandr Karjaka

      Composer/performers Sam Scranton and Ellen McSweeney performing MIMIC. Photo by Aleksandr Karjaka

      Co-Composed

      It’s quite common in academia, journalism and literature for two authors to team up to write an article or book but significantly less so in music.  Still, it does happen and the results are often fascinating.  Where does one idea start and the other continue?  How do two composers work together to write a seamless […]

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      This flora is known as Lupin and this well-known fauna is a Mallard in a park. Photograph taken by Sarah Zwinklis

      This flora is known as Lupin and this well-known fauna is a Mallard in a park. Photograph taken by Sarah Zwinklis

      Flora & Fauna

      Not surprisingly, the natural world is a never-ending source of fascination and inspiration for composers. From the datura plant in southern China to a rare bird in the wilds of Australia to strange animals that exist only in the composer’s imagination, we’ll feature music inspired by the boundless creativity of nature. Mason Bates Anthology of […]

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