The Andriessen/De Klerk Festival 2017

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In 2017 we are remembering that Hendrik Andriessen was born 125 years ago and Albert de Klerk 100 years ago. What better place is there to celebrate this than the city where both these prominent musicians were born: Haarlem.

From 15 September until 3 October 2017 the centre of Haarlem will reverberate to the music by these two composers. Musicians from home and abroad will perform in several churches and concert halls in a wide ranging programme of chamber music, piano and organ music, songs, oratorios and choral works. All of these composed by Hendrik Andriessen and Albert de Klerk of course.

And there is more. Louis Andriessen, Hendrik’s world famous son, has composed a new composition for organ commissioned by the festival. There is also a an exhibition to be seen about the lives of both Hendrik Andriessen and Albert de Klerk in Museum Haarlem. And there is a plaque that will be unveiled at the houses where both composers were born and there is an accompanying book written especially for the festival. These are just a few activities which will take place during the festival.

Donemus is publishing some unpublished works and will also republish some works that were still in a copy of the manuscript. Especially his opera ‘THE MIRROR OF VENICE’ that will be performed on September 26 and 27!
Hendrik Andriessen wrote this one-act comic opera in 1963/1964 for the ensemble of the Dutch Opera and it was intended to be broadcast on television. In 1967 the television compnay KRO broadcast this ‘musical tableau’ which was recorded in the castle Muiderslot near Muiden. Since then the opera has not been performed in its enirety. The opera takes place in 1630 in the Muiderkring [Muider society] a company of aristocratic art connoisseurs. For composer Dirk Sweelinck (the oldest son of Jan Pieterszoon) is this Muiderkring just a load of amateurs and rich snobs.

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