Peter Dijkstra: ‘Glass was as groundbreaking as Harnoncourt’

Philip Glass (1937) is popular around the world and has a big following in the Netherlands, too. His 80th birthday is celebrated by many organisations and ensembles.

Last week the Noord Nederlands Orkest dedicated two very successful concerts to his music, this week the Netherlands Chamber Choir honours him with four concerts, starting in the Concertgebouw today.

Peter Dijkstra (c)

Peter Dijkstra (c) Astrid Ackerman (source Preludium)

These will be conducted by their chief Peter Dijkstra, who places Glass in perspective with works by such diverse composers as Arvo Pärt, Thomas Jennefelt and David Lang. I interviewed Dijkstra for Preludium, the magazine of Concertgebouw and Concertgebouw Orchestra.

‘Like Glass, Arvo Pärt works with repeating patterns and chord schemes, that remain the same for a longer time. Together with Terry Riley, Glass developed minimalism, a totally new way of composing. In my opinion they were as groundbreaking as Gustav Leonhardt and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who dared to take up entirely new paths in early music.’

You read my article here (in Dutch).

Nederlands Kamerkoor / Peter DijkstraProgramme:
Arvo Pärt Solfeggio
Thomas Jennefelt Villarosa Sarialdi
Philip Glass Three songs for chorus a cappella
Arvo Pärt De Profundis
Arvo Pärt Da pacem Domine
David Lang Where you go
Thomas Jennefelt Vinamintra Elitavi

Philip Glass Another Look at Harmony – Part IV (some movements)
Touring scheme and tickets



About theaderks

Thea Derks is a Dutch music journalist, who studied musicology at Amsterdam University. She' specialized in contemporary music and always has an eye open for women composers. In 2014 she wrote the biography of Reinbert de Leeuw and in 2018 she published 'Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht'.
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