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2 - Formative years

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 September 2009

Yayoi Uno Everett
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Emory University, Atlanta
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I've decided that Stravinsky's oeuvre accounts for what is current in music for five hundred years already. Stravinsky dominates my way of thinking, either directly or indirectly. He is alive, he makes what is current, and the answer to current affairs [actualiteit]. Something similar guided my thoughts in composing Souvenirs d'Enfance. Graphic piano music, indeterminate piano music, strict twelve-tone music, but also light music, romantic music (from French B-films, James Bond) make up all the parts of what is current in music today.

(Andriessen 1968: 179)

This piece [Contra Tempus], as well as this article, is a response to the downward spiraling development in the conception of musical style and the de-humanizing effect it has had on composers. The musical quotation of other composers should be taken up in the first place as an engagement, an identification, a recognition of oneself in something else. Charles Ives comments: “I don't quote, I just recognize myself.”… We can work in harmony with living as well as dead composers.

(Andriessen 1968: 178)

The new directions in which contemporary music evolved after World War II had a determining influence upon the generation of composers who were coming of age in the late 1950s. The serial “fervor” that caught hold in Europe and North America exerted an inescapable force on composers working in the Netherlands who, until then, were divided between French and German compositional lineages.

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Print publication year: 2007

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  • Formative years
  • Yayoi Uno Everett, Emory University, Atlanta
  • Book: The Music of Louis Andriessen
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511482007.003
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  • Formative years
  • Yayoi Uno Everett, Emory University, Atlanta
  • Book: The Music of Louis Andriessen
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511482007.003
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  • Formative years
  • Yayoi Uno Everett, Emory University, Atlanta
  • Book: The Music of Louis Andriessen
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511482007.003
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