Louis Andriessen (1939-2021)
- General information
- Duration: 15 mn
- Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
- Composition date: 1994
- Instrumental ensemble music [Mixed instrumental ensemble of 5 to 9 instruments]
- flute, clarinet, marimba, vibraphone, piano, violin, cello
11 January 1995
États-Unis, Los Angeles, Modern Art Museum.
The idea behind Zilver was to write a chorale variation as Bach did for organ: a long, slow-moving melody, combined with the same melody played faster. The ensemble is divided into two groups: the wind and strings play the sustained melody in chorale-like four-part harmony, and the rest of the instruments – vibraphone, marimba and piano – play increasingly fast staccato chords. The two groups play in canons.
Zilver is one of a planned series of chamber pieces named after a type of physical matter. Hout (‘wood’) is the first, and Zilver (‘silver’) is the second. The title also refers to the two silver instruments – flute and vibraphone – which start and end the piece.