Louis Andriessen (1939-2021)

Writing to Vermeer (1997 -1998)

opera in ten scenes for three women, two children, choir and orchestra

electronic work
stage work

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1997 - 1998
    • Duration : 1 h 40 mn
    • Publisher : Boosey & Hawkes
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      Peter Greenaway

Detailed formation
  • soloists : 2 solo sopranos, 2 solo mezzo-sopranos, 2 unspecified solo child voices
  • women's choir
  • 3 flutes (also 3 piccolos, 1 alto flute), 2 oboes (also 1 English horn), 2 bass clarinets (also 1 contrabass clarinet), 2 horns, 2 trumpets (also bass trumpet), 2 percussionists, 2 harp, 2 electric guitars, cymbalom, harpsichord [sur scène] , 2 pianos, 6 violins, 6 second violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 double basses

Premiere information

  • Date : 1 December 1999
    Location :

    Pays-Bas, Amsterdam, Netherlands Opera


    Performers :

    Susan Narucki, Susan Bickley, Barbara Hannigan : voix, Peter Greenaway et Saskia Boddeke : mise en scène, Netherlands Opera, ASKO & Schoenberg Ensemble, direction : Reinbert de Leeuw.

Information on the electronics
RIM (réalisateur(s) en informatique musicale) : Michel van der Aa
Electronic device : dispositif électronique non spécifié

Observations

Enregistrement : Susan Narucki, Susan Bickley, Barbara Hannigan, ensembles Asko et Schönberg, direction : Reinbert de Leeuw, cd Nonesuch 7559798872.