Welcome to the website of Essential Music, the new project of the re:orchestra

Music is all around us and influences our life... With this premise as a starting point, Essential Music explores the relation between the works of composers and the folk music music around them.  In July and August 2014, the first of four programs will be toured and recorded; This time the program will consist of music by Dmitri Shostakovich and East European folk tunes

Take a tour in our website, read about Shostakovich's life, folk music and the relation between folk and classical music.  Check out our videos and follow us in this musical journey!


21-27 / 7 / 2014 Crans Montana, Switzerland

11-13 / 8 / 2014 MCO, Hilversum











Stichting Swart-van Essen  









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