Louis Andriessen (1939-2021)
Workers Union (1975)
pour n'importe quel groupe d'instruments puissants
- General information
Composition date :
- Duration : 20 mn
- Editor : Boosey & Hawkes
- Composition date : 1975
- Musique instrumentale d'ensemble [Musique instrumentale d'ensemble]
Enregistrement : Bang on a Can, cd Cantaloupe CA21012.
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 thing like organising and carrying on political action.
Louis Andriessen, 1990.