Panorama de Leeuw XX:
Youth and amateurs


In the last episode, we paid attention to two musical extremes: Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Adams. With between them
Olivier Messiaen, a lifelong love of Reinbert de Leeuw.

We broadcast in that episode a fragment from Quatuor pour la fin du temps, with which Reinbert de Leeuw and the Rondom Quartet made furore.

In 1986, Messiaen was a guest at the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag for a composers project. Reinbert de Leeuw led the students through his renowned Turangalîla Symphony. Working with students and young musicians is a recurring theme in De Leeuw's career. At a later date, he would again perform the Turangalîla Symphony with students at the NJO Summer Academy, an initiative that De Leeuw also helped to start.Bernard van Beurden

Bernard van Beurden (1933-2016) was five years older than Reinbert
de Leeuw. Though he defended contemporary music in a similar way to the Nutcracker Action Group and composed an opera together with Theo Loevendie, he was never fully accepted by the others. He concentrated on composing for amateurs, who he made enthusiastic for modern compositional techniques.

Van Beurden died on 15 May 2016. As a tribute, the programme on Wednesday 1 June included his
Mass for soprano, accordion, cello
and wind ensemble from 1989.

Thea Derks follows the musical
career of Reinbert de Leeuw using
her biography Reinbert de Leeuw, mens of melodie.

Broadcast: Wednesday 1 June, 21:00 - 22:00



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