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Sound CommitmentsAvant-Garde Music and the Sixties$
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Robert Adlington

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336641.001.0001

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Forms of Opposition at the “Politiek‐Demonstratief Experimenteel” Concert

Forms of Opposition at the “Politiek‐Demonstratief Experimenteel” Concert

(p.56) 3 Forms of Opposition at the “Politiek‐Demonstratief Experimenteel” Concert
Sound Commitments

Robert Adlington

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on a singular event in the musical life of late‐1960s Amsterdam: a “political‐demonstrative experimental concert”, which brought together many of the leading lights of the Dutch musical avant‐garde, including Louis Andriessen and Peter Schat. At the time of the concert, its organisers—like many other avant‐garde musicians of the period—were newly in thrall to the social and cultural model of Castro's Cuba. Yet coexistent with this commitment was an equally strongly held belief in the apolitical nature of music itself. Closer investigation of the works performed at the concert reveals, however, that their musical processes were significantly shaped by the composers' earlier interest in anarchism. The resulting “forms of opposition” were not easily reconciled with their creators' new passion for communism.

Keywords:   Louis Andriessen, Peter Schat, Cuba, Amsterdam, avant‐garde, 1960s, anarchism, communism

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