Louis Andriessen

Workers Union (1975)


Two or more players

Any number of percussion players

Instrumentation: Any loud sounding instruments

Approx. 20’


Workers Union was originally written for the orchestra De Volharding (Perseverance), in which I myself figured as a pianist at that time.

This piece is a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline: its rhythm is exactly fixed; the pitch, on the other hand, is indicated only approximately, on a single-lined stave.

It is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, sort of thing like organising and carrying on political action.

-Louis Andriessen (1990)


Annotated by Tyler Flynt