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Worker's Union

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Louis Andriessen

Louis Andriessen

Subtitle: Symphonic Movement for Any Loud Sounding Group of Instruments

General Info

Year: 1975 / 2002
Duration: c. 15:00-20:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Donemus
Cost: Score Only - Rental


For any loud-sounding group of instruments


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Workers Union was originally written for the Orchestra De Volharding (Perseverance), in which I myself figured as a pianist at the 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 organizing and carrying on a political action.

- Program Note by composer



To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Tx.) Meadows Wind Ensemble (unconducted) - 23 September 2022
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Percussion Ensemble (Theresa Dimond, conducted) – January 2021 (Virtual)
  • California State University, Northridge Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Chee Weng Yim, conductor) – 4 December 2018
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Musicians from the Los Angeles (Calif.) Philharmonic – 30 March 2006
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Band – 9 September 2008
  • Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) (Mike Formanek, conductor) – 5 March 2010

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Andriessen, L. (2002). Workers Union : Symphonic Movement for Any Loud Sounding Group of Instruments, 1975 [score]. Donemus: Amsterdam.