Louis Andriessen. Workers Union symphonic movement for any loud sounding of instruments for variable ensemble. 1 Donemus. The aim of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s ensemble piece is to sweep away old limitations. Workers Union is a composition by Louis Andriessen intended for any loud- sounding group of instruments. It was originally written for the orchestra De.

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It is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, similar to organising and carrying out political actions. More information about renting is available at the Donemus website. Before simply playing the rhythms indicated on the score, one must select a middle pitch.

Please note that you require a copy of ynion product for every user. Compositions by Louis Andriessen. Sections may be repeated as many times as the conductor wishes, resulting in varying performance lengths.

It is a melodically indeterminate piece; this means there is no key and no defined melody. In all other cases the product is sent to you physically. Donemus, Publisher’s number: Louis Andriessen loyis born in Utrecht on June 6, For every broadcast you need to obtain a license. Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union. Any broadcast within 1 year of the recording of the work is defined as a ‘live’ broadcast.


This helps give the piece a feeling of fusion. If you choose a downloadable product you will receive the product in digital form. A real tour de force of musical invention.

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Hoketus Orkest de Volharding. So you hear new ideas being introduced in the music but they always sound related. Workers Union De Materie Workers Union was originally written for the orchestra De Volharding Perseverancein which I myself figured as a pianist at that time.

The piece is all about rhythm and Andriessen manages to create a single span of music that is uncompromising, obsessive, relentless and constantly surprising. Variable instrumentation; Mixed choir and instruments; Voice and instrument s Instruments: This creates an atonal piece with many polyphonic phrases. Opgedragen aan De Volharding. Notes that are written above the line should be played higher than the preselected pitch and vice versa.

If executed properly, the piece sounds mechanical as the instrumentation operates in perfect unison. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He achieves this by using a very simple rhythmic cell as the basis for the entire work which you can hear in the opening moments of the piece. You can rent this work by purchasing a rental license for one or more performances. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

A blast of channeled energy with ‘Workers Union’

This piece is a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline: There are points in the piece where the ensemble splits into two groups. If you buy a license you also need to buy 1 copy of the rental parts see above.


It is important for the musician to remember their middle pitch. Every instrument plays different notes andrieszen follow the same rhythm and ascending or descending patterns.

Each musician chooses their own pitch that will represent the midway point. After an early training in composition with his father, composer Hendrik Andriessen, he continued his studies with Kees van Views Andrriessen Edit View history.

How to Play [ edit ] Before simply playing the rhythms indicated on the score, one must select a middle pitch. This page was last edited on 28 Octoberat The groups alternate lines before coming back together again. Workers Union is a composition by Louis Andriessen intended for any loud-sounding group of instruments; Andriessen did not want to handicap orchestras by providing a list of instruments.

There is a single line through the center of the staff that indicates the aforementioned middle pitch – a pitch line. If the work is being recorded for a live radio or TV broadcast or internet stream you can easily acquire the license for this. And in his performance note in the score he says: The skill and concentration required for each musician to remain exactly in unison with the rest of the ensemble throughout as Andriessen constantly varies and changes the rhythmic patterns makes a performance exhilarating to watch as it, on one level, becomes an act of physical agility.

Andriessen says of the work: