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Cronicle of Dutch music: Ton de Leeuw

sat 29 may 2021
Theme: Modern Music
Composer: Ton de Leeuw

In June, Chronicle of Dutch Music will be focusing on Ton de Leeuw, who died a quarter of a century ago. Today, De Leeuw is best known as the author of the 1964 standard work Muziek van de twintigste eeuw (music of the twentieth century). He wrote the book while teaching composition and musical history at the Amsterdam conservatory. As a composer, De Leeuw became fascinated with non-Western music and what connected it and made it different from the Western classical traditions. Pieces like Mouvements retrogrades for orchestra (1958) and Linkerhand en rechterhand (1976) bear witness to that. For the last eight years of his life, De Leeuw lived in Paris, France. The piece he wrote as a farewell to Amsterdam and the Netherlands can also be heard in the Chronicle. The title will probably sound familiar: Les Adieux.

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