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Too many keys

Too many keys

Minimal piano music

Six pianos – 528 keys – take us to unprecedented musical heights. On Friday we glide from the cult works of American pioneers Steve Reich and Philip Glass, over the misunderstood genius Julius Eastman, to the work of Kate Moore, a pupil of ‘polder minimalist’ Louis Andriessen. On the second day of the festival, we visit French composer Erik Satie, who grew from a forgotten eccentric into an enigmatic cult hero. Nobody managed to master his mythically bare notes until Reinbert de Leeuw came along. Two synthesizer masters, Alessandro Cortini and David Martijn – both inspired by his ‘fewer notes, more expressiveness’ – further immerse us in a musical trance.

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