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June 30, 2016

Holland Festival premieres new works by Fifty for the Future Year One composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven

On June 23, Kronos Quartet premiered Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s Play, a new work for string quartet commissioned as part of Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. Scores and parts, a recording, and learning materials for Twaalfhoven’s Play are scheduled to be released, free of charge, on Kronos’ Fifty for the Future web page this coming October.

Two days later on June 25, over 100 bassoonists—both young and old, beginners and virtuosos—came together at the Holland Festival to play the world premiere of Twaalfhoven’s Grand Subphonia for the biggest band of bassoons. This tremendous performance marked the grand finale of the Save the Bassoon campaign, a movement developed to save the bassoon from decline and stimulate children to pick up a classical instrument. Twaalfhoven wrote the piece as an ode to the bassoon’s underrated range of sound, and included parts that would accommodate bassoon players of every level. Watch more about the making of this piece here, and read more about it here.

The Holland Festival is one of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Legacy Partners. They are among a growing group of adventurous presenters, academic institutions, and other arts organizations that support the education initiative financially, as well as engage with it through performances and educational programs that feature Kronos’ Fifty for the Future musical works and related resources.

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