World premiere "Amérique du Nord "
by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Durham - 14 January 2017

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno, will première Richard Rijnvos's newly commissioned work Amérique du Nord on 2 and 3 February 2017 in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

The work forms the second part of Grand Atlas, subtitled "représentation du monde universel en sept tableaux musicaux", a cycle in which each of the seven world continents is depicted in an orchestral composition.

Amérique du Nord is an imaginary road movie, crisscrossing the United States of America, including a brief detour through Mexico midway. The numerous adventures along the way leave a motley collection of impressions: the base for a sound collage, the form of which seems to suggest the patchwork of the US states.

The work is a symphonic scherzo, full of musical puns, allusions and flashbacks; no mocking bird, shark or cuckoo was harmed during the making.

Amérique du Nord is the third completed work during Richard Rijnvos's long-term residency with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, started in 2011 with Antarctique, followed by fuoco e fumo in 2013.