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New Music Course

Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018, context programme, 20 years of contemporary music

‘Back to the year 2000’. In this course lasting two hours, musicologist Thea Derks gives you an overview of the composed music of the last twenty years, because it is precisely during contemporary music’s most recent past that considerable shifts and innovations have been observed. The frontiers between classical and pop music have become blurred. Electronics and multimedia have become prominent and offer myriad new opportunities in sound and tone. With the aid of musical examples from various important compositions of this period, you can form an auditive image of the development of contemporary music in the 21st century. But of course the course addresses the 20th century (Schönberg!) as well. Armed with the knowledge gleaned from this course up your sleeve, you’ll get even more pleasure from listening to the very latest compositions the Festival has to offer.

N.B. Course held in Dutch

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