Gaudeamus is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Did you know that this is a very suitable opportunity to reveal what perhaps should have been forgotten? To remember what should not be forgotten. To be amazed at all those moments when so much could go wrong. And how much still went right. To laugh at impetuosity. And to reflect on the value of unpredictability.
CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF GAUDEAMUS
‘I was surprised about the third prize for the English man Brian Ferneyhough, who with his Sonatas for String Quartet I found far below par.’Haarlems Dagblad, 1968
‘The world is more complex than ever and I myself am a complex personality, so how else should I express myself?’Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf in NRC Handelsblad, 10-9-1990
ELECTRONIC SOUNDS CONTINUE TO BE DISCOVERED
CEM Studio for electronic music, Huize Gaudeamus in Bilthoven
Green Sounds – project of the Soundlings Collective, Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2014
Senses Working Overtime, Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018
Festival Terza Prattica, 2000
Modèles sonores, the early years of electronic music, 1989
Gaudeamus Live Electronics Festival, 2006
Gaudeamus Muziekweek 1987: Michael Finnissy, Frances-Marie Uitti, Arne Melnäs, Karen Tanaka, Leonard Payton, Richard Karpen, Ron Ford, Giulio Castagnoli
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Karen Tanaka, Gaudeamus Muziekweek 1987 Prize winner, and her publisher Elisabeth Gamber
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In 2020 Karen Tanaka was commissioned by Gaudeamus to write Techno Etudes 2 for pianist Ralph van Raat.
Walter Maas, 1945-1963
Chris Walraven, 1963-1991
Henk Heuvelmans, 1991-2020; and Martijn Buser, from 2021
Did you know that the ‘Night of the Unexpected’ accompanied Gaudeamus in the move from Amsterdam to Utrecht at the end of 2010, and has taken place in TivoliVredenburg since 2016 under the name Gaudeamus Saturday Night?
Curator Roland Spekle explaining the concept of The Night of the Unexpected in 100 seconds. The first of three Utrecht based Nights of the Unexpected took place at Tivoli Oudegracht on September 6, 2012.
‘I consider my over-win as a loss. Canon & Fugle is the first piece I wrote on commission, from a foundation called The Cooperators. Its mission is to promote world peace and ban competition. It is precisely with this piece that I have now won a competition.’Daniel Lentz about the Gaudeamus Award 1972
One could imagine other criteria that would avoid this kind of unpleasant outcome without compromising the exclusivity of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek.’Haarlems Dagblad, 13-9-1968
Gaudeamus is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Do you want to discover more about its turbulent past, the unexpected present and the unknown future ?