This book presents the musician in dialog with a Polish-Canadian musicologist and three of his Dutch friends and collaborators, Reinbert de Leeuw, Elmer Schönberger and Frits van der Waa. Topics include his artistic evolution, his relationship to minimalism, his prevalent interest in mysticism and meaning, the use of quotation and writing for the stage and an introduction to his musical language.
Maja Trochimczyk teaches at the University of Southern California.
"Trochimzyck's efforts show a keen sense of the richness that Andriessen's music offers to scholars and critics in its integrity, complexity, depth and paradox. Her book succeeds in raising important themes and, at the same time, presents challenges to its readers. One of the greatest involves the question of its genre, and, by extension, its intended use." -- Iotes
"Louis Andriessen has reached the level of seniority in European contemporary music at which a written study of his achievement ought to be available...Maja Trochimczyk's volume is the first to appear in English. From that point of view alone it's an invaluable source of documentation." -- Music Magazine, January 1, 2003