Canzone No. 1 by Jurriaan Andriessen
Canzone No. I by the Dutch composer Jurriaan Andriessen in a performance by both the Providence Mandolin Orchestra and Het CONSORT together.
Jurriaan Andriessen was born in Haarlem in 1925 into a family of artists. His grandfather Willem and his father Hendrik both were well known composers while his uncle Mari was a famous Dutch sculptor. His younger brother Louis Andriessen is one of Europe's most eminent and influential composers. Jurriaan Andriessen received his first music lessons from Job Wilderbeek. Later, at the Utrecht Conservatory, he studied composition with his father Hendrik Andriessen and piano with Gerard Hengeveld and André Jurres. He also received lessons in orchestral conducting by the legendary Dutch conductor Willem van Otterloo. To broaden his musical horizon he studied with Olivier Messian in Paris and specialised himself in writing film music. In 1949 he left to study and work in the United States with Aaron Copland and Serge Koussevitsky.
The "Canzone" performed on this video by the Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra Het CONSORT and the Providence Mandolin Orchestra from the US, was commissioned by the Dutch ´Pijpersgilde´ in 1979. It is one of two compositions with this title that he wrote for bamboo pipe (or recorder) trio and guitar. The arrangement for mandolin orchestra of the first Canzone by Alex Timmerman.