Klankwerelden - The 20th century of Reinbert de Leeuw
Worlds of sound is important for everyone who is interested in listening to music of the 20th century or for anyone involved in studying or performing contemporary music. The central question is how to interpret music in case the performer is not willing to depend on personal taste or conventions.
- Peter Peters
- 31 March 2013
Worlds of Sound
The 20 th century of Reinbert de Leeuw
by Peter Peters
Worlds of sound is important for everyone who is interested in listening to music of the 20 th century or for anyone involved in studying or performing contemporary music. The central question is how to interpret music in case the performer is not willing to depend on personal taste or conventions. How much must a performer know of the context in which the composer writes his/her music? How is the right tempo chosen and how is the music articulated in time? How does the performer establish a rendering of the composer’s ideal sound? How does the performer relate to music history? These questions will be addressed in view of works by Arnold Schönberg, Igor Stravinsky, Erik Satie, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, György Kurtág, Galina Oestvolskaja, Claude Vivier, Mauricio Kagel and Reinbert de Leeuw himself. De Leeuw’s views on the performance practice of especially 20 th century music have been widely covered in the media, but this is the first time that his ideas and understanding of performance practice and memories of collaborations with leading composers appear in the form of a book. They were taken from a series of seminars Reinbert de Leeuw (professor at Leiden University) presented at the Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts and the Orpheus Institute in Ghent.
Peter Peters is a University Teacher at the Faculty of Cultural and Societal Studies of the University of Maastricht.
Published by Leiden University Press.
The book can be purchased online from Leiden University online bookstore: