Cornelis de Bondt’s final work, Das Lebewohl, will be premiered tonight in Amsterdam at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ by the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, which will soon cease to exist due to government cuts.
The composer is so angry about this that he has decided to withdraw all of his works from further performance in Holland and made his views clear in a searing manifesto on Facebook. He writes:
I’ve pondered for a long time over my personal farewell – not just on a personal level but also on the position of composing, the contemporary music practice and art, education and science in general. It seems inevitable to ultimately return to a white, empty space. Not because I myself feel empty, but the space I will operate in should be such. That’s why I’ve decided to withdraw my complete works from the Donemus catalogue and remove it from the public space as much as possible. It is inevitable.
This is for me the only possible way in which an artist can respond to the rancorous, inept and loveless policies of politicians, bureaucrats and – following in their trail – all the executives in the musical field, and I really do mean all of them.
The issue has been taken up by major Dutch media:
Parool: “The composer is cancelled”