Tag Archives: November Music

Composer Hawar Tawfiq: ‘Alexander Hrisanide opened my eyes to the beauty of life’

While for many the corona-lockdown implied a considerable loss of work, violinist/composer Hawar Tawfiq (1982) was busier than ever. Since April 2020, he has been working continuously on four pieces, of which the previously postponed Babylon aan de IJssel will … Continue reading

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Seung-Won Oh writes Bosch Requiem YeonDo: Korean death ritual in western guise

In 2019 the Greek-Dutch Calliope Tsoupaki composed the Bosch Requiem. For its next edition the Korean-Dutch Seung-Won Oh was asked to compose this traditional kick-off of November Music. The festival was cancelled because of Covid-19, but Oh’s requiem will have … Continue reading

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Kaija Saariaho central composer at November Music: ink-black scenario in subtle timbres

Kaija Saariaho (1951) was scheduled to be central composer of the 2020 edition of November Music in ‘s Hertogenbosch. This was however cancelled because of Covid-19, but she will still be one of the featured composers of the festival in … Continue reading

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‘Wikileaks has never been caught on a single error’ – Iris ter Schiphorst writes Assange: Fragmente einer Unzeit

‘There is an information war going on at the moment, which shows how important data are. The Assange case is the most poignant example of this,’ says the Dutch-German composer Iris Ter Schiphorst. She addresses this theme in Assange: Fragmente … Continue reading

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The soprano sighs, whispers, breathes in, breathes out, groans and squeeks – Helmut Lachenmann’s Got Lost in November Music

The German composer Helmut Lachenmann (1935) is the champion of evocative squeaks, grindings and splatters. Like John Cage, he hears music in unusual sources. Rarely an instrument is played as is prescribed in the books. ‘Making music with sounds is … Continue reading

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Music from anger and powerlessness – Georg Friedrich Haas in November Music

Georg Friedrich Haas is one of the central composers in the upcoming edition of the newmusic festival November Music. Last year the Austrian created a sensation in the Holland Festival by openly talking about his master-slave relationship with his wife … Continue reading

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‘Like a terrifying chorus of ghostly aliens’ – Why you must simply undergo Anna Korsun’s music

‘With her surprising and communicative music, Anna Korsun rose high above her colleagues.’ I wrote this in 2014, when she won the Gaudeamus Award. I concluded: ‘We’re definitely going to hear more from her’, and since then the Ukrainian composer … Continue reading

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‘I hope we will glide into another world together’ – Calliope Tsoupaki composes Bosch Requiem ‘Liknon’ for November Music

In 1988 Calliope Tsoupaki (1963) came from Greece to the Netherlands to study composition with Louis Andriessen. Exactly 30 years later she was appointed ‘Componist des Vaderlands’ (Composer Laureate). In this capacity she has already composed a number of highly … Continue reading

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Hilda Paredes immortalises Afro-American freedom fighter in her opera ‘Harriet’.

Zojuist verschenen: Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht On Friday 9 November Harriet by Hilda Paredes will be performed in November Music, in a production by Muziektheater Transparant. The opera is dedicated to the legendary … Continue reading

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Vanessa Lann zooms in on Hieronymus Bosch in ‘Big Picture’

The new music festival November Music that runs from 4-13 November will dedicate its last day to an ambitious ‘art music route’ through the beautiful city of Den Bosch. From 12 am to 6 pm short concerts are staged at various … Continue reading

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