Residentie Orkest at Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague

5th October.


Strings and percussion help the soul into a new rhythm. For example, Darius Milhaud wrote La Creation du Monde in 1923 after a visit to Harlem in the United States. The freedom and originality of jazz he heard there inspired him to capture the African creation story in music. With various instruments they bring Milhaud’s new world, full of jazz and blues melodies, to life.

This experimental freedom is followed by the famous, but unorthodox percussion of John Cage’s Third Construction. The musicians of the Residentie Orkest also give their interpretation to the theme of percussion and strings during the rest of the evening. No fewer than four percussionists are responsible for the special Third Construction. Then Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10 is played. In their own interpretation, the strings bring out the most beautiful of Beethoven’s qualities, in a masterpiece that is also on the heritage list of the United Nations.