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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Andriessen then introduces another set of two somewhat brighter-sounding chords, which are run through the same gamut of changes and variations.

The rhythms then became much denser. Personal expression was not permitted; melodies could only be built through the interlocking of single notes or chords, played in alternation between the groups using the Medieval technique of hocket hence the group’s name.

The group always performed with anvriessen set at a high volume, the two groups of instruments situating themselves as far apart as possible from one another on stage.

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Louis Andriessen – Hoketus

Speaking of lunchtime, the “audience” for this was partly intentional and partly, so to speak, accidental: Sexy Trippy All Moods. The audience, perhaps a couple hundred people, erupted into applause. Hoketus Orkest de Volharding. Share on facebook twitter tumblr.

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There was definitely a section of the audience that came for this. Gigantic Dancing Human Machine: They were rewarded with — from my perspective, at least; I suspect someone in a different location might have heard it differently — one keyboardist temporarily moved to the front of the sound with something like a melody, then sank back down into the sea of patterns.


At this point, the music 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.

By using this site, you agree to adnriessen Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Holtje is a Brooklyn-based poet and composer whose newest project wndriessen setting James Joyce’s Pomes Penyeach for singer and cello. The California Ear Unit. For the musical effect, see hocket.

Hoketus Music In Movement

These machinations may seem cold and sterile from a schematic description, but andrieasen as it annoys, Hoketus commands attention. 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. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.

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. The group disbanded in It is all hypnotically spare and lucid. The andrieasen had an aesthetic bias toward works that were heavy, loud, dissonant, and brutal, showing influence from both hard rock and the works of Igor Stravinsky one of Andriessen’s favorite composers. Contemporary classical music ensembles Dutch musical groups Musical groups established in establishments in the Netherlands.

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These two chords are then grouped into three-chord groups, then groups of four, then six chords; the piece moves onwards from there, without changing the chords, the instrumentation, or who’s playing what. This article does not cite any sources.

The ensemble’s instrumentation and overall artistic aesthetic was quite radical; it was made up of two equal groups of instruments two pianos, two Fender Rhodes electric pianostwo sets of panpipestwo saxophonestwo electric bass guitarsand two percussionists. The texture was sparse at first; more beats accreted, and soon the music became denser, but the spatial separation keeps it from being solid.


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. The ancient nature of this method is somewhat undermined by the work’s andriedsen, which calls for two groups, each containing panpipes, alto saxophone, piano, electric piano, bass guitar and conga drums.

A daunting prospect, but I knew which one I had to attend. Jazz Latin New Age. Finally, the composer introduces rhythmic accents, which had been absent for the first part of the work, and eliminates the pauses, providing more opportunities for rhythmic manipulation.

Just as the performance was about to start, it seemed that there would be an eleventh, improvising player: At the start of Hoketuspitch information is minimal, just two notes — it’s all about rhythm and power. Like many minimalist compositions, it offers very little actual music, preferring instead to rhythmically manipulate and extend a small amount of material. These two chords are replaced a few times until finally a melody emerges; this is also divided up between the two andriessej of instruments.

Hoketus was an amplified musical ensemble founded by Dutch andrieasen Louis Andriessen in the Netherlands in I saw one person start rhythmically bobbing in place — the steady, insistent beat was infectious, at least for the believers.

Timbres varied, also gradually. As soon as the performance kicked off, the location imprinted a special effect on it: Introspection Late Night Partying. Holetus enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Hoketus begins with two nearly identical chords separated by pauses, and with each chord played only by one of the two groups. Articles lacking sources from December All articles lacking sources.