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Percussion Group The Hague

The Wooden Branch

  • Type CD
  • Label Globe
  • UPC 8711525507203
  • Catalog number GLO 5072
  • Release date 19 August 2002
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About the album

The Percussion Group The Hague was founded in 1917 by four percussion students from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. The group now comprises six percussionists on a regular basis, and can be extended when the need arises. Over the years the group has obtained an important place in the musical world of Europe with a repertory that includes nearly the entire literature of Western compositions for percussion, extending from the first pieces for percussion from the beginning of the 20th century to the great percussion sextets of Xenakis. A great many works have been especially written for them by such composers as Elliott Carter, Mauricio Kagel, Theo Loevendle, Steve Reich, and John Cage. Their close collaboration with Karlheinz Stockhausen resulted in a series of performances with the Percussion Group The Hague of Stockhausen's opera 'Samstag aus Licht" in the Teatro alia Scala in Milano. The group is also seriously engaged in African traditional music and frequently works with such African master drummers as Ali N'Diaye Rose, Abraham Kobenah Adzenyah and Venancio Mbande.

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