06 July 2021

Advice from the classical music world

The prolific Dutch composer Louis Andriessen died on 1 July at the age of 82, at Weesp in the Netherlands. A press obituary of him includes two quotes which may resonate with bluegrass and old-time players:
  • He once told his students: 'I would much rather you play the wrong note loudly than the right note subtly'; and
  • His father, also a composer, advised him: 'You should realise that we are not important. The music is important. So we should serve the music.' 

© Richard Hawkins



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