De Materie

(Matter)

Louis Andriessen

Year

1985-1988


Duration

108'


Movements

I. De Materie part I; II. Hadewych; III. De Stijl; IV. De Materie part IV


Instrumentation

soprano, tenor, female speaker (2), 8 voices(SATB) - 3.2.2corA.5.3bcl(III=dbcl).2asax.2tsax.barsax.0 - 4.4.4.1 - 6perc-2egtr-bgtr-hrp-3pft-2synth - 2.2.2.2.1 - dancer (reciter) - amplification


Genre

Stage Work with Guitar


Text/Libretto

Nicolaas Witsen, David Gorlaeus, Hadewych, Willem Kloos, Madame Curie (in Dutch)


Commission

Fund for the Creation of Music, Amsterdam


Premiere

Amsterdam, Muziektheater, 1 June 1989: James Doing, Tenor / Wendy Hill, soprano / Marjon Brandsma, speaker / Netherlands Chamber Choir / 'Materie Orkest', Reinbert de Leeuw (cond.)/ Robert Wilson (staging)


Publisher

Boosey & Hawkes


Comment

The instrumentation for the four movements varies quite radically. For instance, in "De Stijl" the flutes and saxophones are the only woodwind instruments that play; as well, the strings are tacet in that movement.


Source

composer catalog (Boosey & Hawkes);