Hoketus is a minimal composition by Louis Andriessen that premiered in The group that played during the premiere remained together to perform other. Louis Andriessen. Hoketus for mixed ensemble. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter · tumblr. Listening to Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s Hoketus on my stereo could never convey the full flavor of this spatially designed piece, so I.

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Just as the performance was about to start, it seemed that there would be an eleventh, improvising player: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The audience, perhaps a couple hundred people, erupted into applause. The group always performed with amplification set at a high volume, the two groups of instruments situating themselves as far apart andriesen possible from one another on stage. Then a new pattern kicked in, and for a little while the piece seemed to reverse its development in a very condensed way until a rousing but abrupt climax ended the piece.

This article does not cite any sources. These machinations may seem cold and sterile from a schematic description, but even as it annoys, Hoketus commands attention.

Instrumentation is two keyboardists, one flutist, one conga player, and one electric bassist on each side, but with no sustained notes except at one specific and brief point sounded like it was all tuned percussion.

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The group was originally formed to perform Louis Andriessen’s minimal composition Hoketusbut remained together and began to perform music composed for the group by other composers many of whom came from within the group’s ranks. I saw one andrieseen start rhythmically bobbing in place andrieswen the steady, insistent beat was infectious, at least for the believers. The texture was sparse at first; more beats accreted, and soon the music became denser, but the spatial separation keeps it from being solid.


Louis Andriessen: Mausoleum; Hoketus

Share on facebook twitter tumblr. I don’t know whether he was dissuaded from continuing by the organizers or just naturally knocked off work because it was lunchtime, but Andriessen’s score was not augmented after all. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. A daunting prospect, but I knew which one Lluis had to attend. Speaking of lunchtime, the “audience” for this was partly intentional and andruessen, so to speak, accidental: At this point, the lpuis has been going nonstop for so long that it is actually stunning when Andriessen introduces a pause, just before the music’s final elaboration, which crescendos into one last solid chord.

The ensemble’s instrumentation and overall artistic aesthetic was quite radical; it was andriesen up of two equal groups of instruments two pianos, two Fender Rhodes electric pianostwo sets of panpipestwo saxophonestwo electric bass guitarsand two percussionists. By this point, most of the people on the stock exchange side had been driven away; we were down to true believers or at least immediate converts and pedestrians by the time Andriessen’s score progressed to dense chords.

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Workers Union De Materie Hoketus considered itself a collective and set a number of rules for itself, rules so stringent that taken together they could be considered a manifesto. Jazz Latin New Age. An ensemble of similar instrumentation called Icebreaker was formed in YorkEngland inand continues to perform works from the Hoketus repertoire. There was definitely a section of the audience that came for this.


Louis Andriessen ‘s Andrieseen is one of the few works in the literature that manage to be irritating and completely fascinating at the same time. Andriessen ‘s primary method for this manipulation and extension is the eponymous hocket — a medieval technique in which consecutive notes of a rhythmic or melodic motif are alternated between instruments or voices.

Louis Andriessen: Mausoleum; Hoketus – Louis Andriessen | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

The group disbanded in The California Ear Unit. Patterns phased and snapped into new perspectives kaleidoscopicalliy. This page was last edited on 2 Aprilat Articles lacking sources from December All articles lacking sources. It is all hypnotically spare and lucid. Hoketus Orkest de Volharding. This modernist classic’s title comes from “hocket,” the medieval technique it’s based on: Holtje is a Brooklyn-based poet and composer whose newest project is setting James Joyce’s Pomes Penyeach for singer and cello.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Streams Videos All Posts. Soon, dramatically, there was a brief but, in context, shockingly extended pause on a single held low note, solo; it seemed to act as a pivot.

Hoketus was an amplified musical ensemble founded by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen in the Netherlands in Views Read Edit View history. Compositions by Louis Andriessen.