Forms of Opposition at the "Politiek-Demonstratief Experimenteel" Concert

Robert Adlington

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This chapter focuses on a singular event in the musical life of late-1960s Amsterdam: a "political-demonstrative experimental concert", which brought together many of the leading lights of the Dutch musical avant-garde, including Louis Andriessen and Peter Schat. At the time of the concert, its organisers-like many other avant-garde musicians of the period- were newly in thrall to the social and cultural model of Castro's Cuba. Yet coexistent with this commitment was an equally strongly held belief in the apolitical nature of music itself. Closer investigation of the works performed at the concert reveals, however, that their musical processes were significantly shaped by the composers' earlier interest in anarchism. The resulting "forms of opposition" were not easily reconciled with their creators' new passion for communism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSound Commitments
Subtitle of host publicationAvant-Garde Music and the Sixties
EditorsRobert Adlington
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199868551
ISBN (Print)9780195336641
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009
Externally publishedYes


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