This summer, Het Collectief will be invited once again at the Saintes festival. On the programme: Gustav Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde’, in a version for ensemble composed by Reinbert de Leeuw, who will be conducting the performance himself.
When Arnold Schoenberg created the ‘Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen’ (Society for Private Musical Performances) in 1918, a new genre came into being. The lack of a big orchestra necessitated downsized versions of full-fledged orchestral works. These transcriptions for single strings and single woodwinds owe their characteristic timbre to the subtle adding of harmonium and piano.