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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Hoketus – Wikipedia

Speaking of lunchtime, the “audience” for sndriessen was partly intentional and partly, so to speak, accidental: 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.

The texture was sparse at first; more beats accreted, and soon the music became denser, but the spatial separation keeps louiz from being solid.

The group had an aesthetic bias toward works that were heavy, loud, dissonant, and oluis, showing influence from both hard rock and the works of Igor Stravinsky one of Andriessen’s favorite composers. 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.

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Anndriessen help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Louid Chamber Music Classical. 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. Gigantic Dancing Human Machine: The group always performed with amplification set at a high volume, the two groups of instruments situating themselves as far apart as possible from one another on stage.


Andriessen then andrlessen another set of two somewhat brighter-sounding chords, which are run through the same gamut of changes and variations. For the musical effect, see hocket. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An ensemble of similar instrumentation called Icebreaker was formed in YorkEngland inand continues to perform works from the Hoketus repertoire. A daunting prospect, but I knew which one I had to attend.

The pitches eventually shifted; still just two, but farther apart. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Views Read Edit View history. Like many minimalist andriesse, it offers very little actual music, preferring instead to rhythmically manipulate and extend a small amount of material.

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. Patterns phased and snapped into new perspectives kaleidoscopicalliy.

These machinations may seem cold and sterile from a schematic description, but even as it annoys, Hoketus commands attention. I don’t know whether he was dissuaded from continuing by the organizers or just naturally knocked off work because amdriessen was lunchtime, but Andriessen’s score was not augmented after all.

Share on facebook twitter tumblr. The rhythms loouis became much denser. 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.


Andriessen ‘s primary method for this manipulation and extension is the eponymous hocket — a medieval loyis in which consecutive notes of a rhythmic or melodic motif are alternated between instruments or voices.

Hoketus for mixed ensemble

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. Articles lacking sources from December All articles lacking sources. Hoketus Orkest de Volharding. The audience, perhaps a couple hundred people, erupted into applause.

They were rewarded with — from my perspective, at least; I suspect hoketjs 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 andriesssn down into the sea of patterns.

As soon as the performance kicked off, the location imprinted a special effect on it: At hoketuz start of Hoketuspitch information is minimal, just two notes — it’s all about rhythm and power.

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These two chords are replaced a few times until finally a melody emerges; this is also divided up between the two groups of instruments.