Dutch Courage takes its influences from Louis Andreissen’s “Workers’ Union”, using approximate pitch notation, suitable for an unspecified ensemble of mixed ability. The harmony, therefore, is always different, and basically results in ‘improvised’ cluster chords. The piece is a high-energy, rhythmic scherzo, involving a lot of syncopation, some wild, rushing solo lines and rapidly switching dynamics.
Call for Pieces entry: Open Score 2004: ‘The Four Temperaments’, RAM student piece
The sample audio is from a recording by London Sinfonietta conducted by Gregory Rose on the album Open Score released by NMC. The album (NMC DL228) is available to purchase here.
The score for this work is included in the anthology Open Score: Contemporary Music for All (ISMN: 979-0-9002363-0-2) published by CoMA in 2016. More details
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