Billions of Guilders

(1997)

Billions of Guilders was part of a project with bass/baritone Lieuwe Visser.

A number of composers from Lithuania, Estonia and the Netherlands were commissioned to write a five-minute work for speech and piano. The total number of vocalized notes was to be kept to a minimum. The shared commission was to set a newspaper or magazine article published in 1996 or 1997 to music. I chose three points from the government report ‘Een cultuur van verandering – Advies Cultuurnota 1997-2000: Muziek en Muziektheater,’ written by the Dutch Cultural Council.