Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 37: George Heathco on Louis Andriessen and Alt-Classical

Louis Andriessen is one of the most important contemporary composers you've (probably) never heard of. His work isn't widely played because he's written many pieces for varieties of ensembles that don't exist. In fact, specially created ensembles have sprung up because of Andriessen's pieces, including the famous British ensemble, Icebreaker. Guitarist, composer, and co-founder of Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, George Heathco, teaches us all about Andriessen and his contributions to the alt classical movement. Or indie classical. Or whatever you wanna call it.


PS, One of the images attached to this article is not George Heathco, but his TV doppleganger George from “Being Human”. Can you tell which is which? One of them loves Twilight. (Apologies, non-specific George!)

Audio production from Todd “Twinkles” Hulslander with very marginal oversight from Dacia Clay.

Music used in this episode includes:

– Hoketus  by Louis Andriessen

– De Materie  by Louis Andriessen (begins with144 repetitions of same chord)

– De Staat  by Louis Andriessen

– Yo Shakespeare  by Michael Gordon

– Pierced  by David Lang

– “Bone Chapel” from O Death by Oscar Bettison

For more information about George Heathco:

Fore more about Liminal Space:



Dacia Clay

Dacia Clay

Host/Producer, Classical Classroom; Web Editor, Arts & Culture

Dacia began her career in public radio as the Audio Librarian for Houston Public Media (then KUHF) in 2009. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas' School of Library and Information Science, where she focused on special collections (thanks to the sage advice...

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