March 5, 2023 | Melle Weijters, guitar & Ere Lievonen, Fokker organ

Concert Fokker organ | 2023-03-05, 11.00 hours | Small Hall - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam

Huygens’ Cosmotheoros

For guitarist Melle Weijters it has been a long-cherished wish to give a concert with the work of Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) as a theme. Weijters has already garnered admiration for his playing on microtonal guitars. Now he offers this dream show that leads from the 31-tone system to the science fiction of David Bowie's Space Oddity. The legacy of Christiaan Huygens is not only limited to the 31-tone system. He wrote Cosmotheoros, for example, in which he described life on other planets and in which the 31-tone tuning would be the sound of the universe. This thought resonates in works by Huygens and imaginative minds such as Charles Mingus and Gustav Holst.

You can order tickets at the box office of the Muziekgebouw.







Sunday 5 March 2023 (previously 29 May 2022) , 11.00 hours
Small Hall, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Prices: € 15,50 Normal | € 12,50 Stadspas | € 12,00 CJP |




Melle Weijters, microtonal guitars

Ere Lievonen, Fokker organ

Sofieke de Kater, mystery guest




Cyclic Harmonics (Melle Weijters, 2021)

Archytas’s Adage (Melle Weijters, 2021)

Courante in Em (Christiaan Huygens, 1661)

Mirrored Inflections (Melle Weijters, 2019)

Saturn (Gustav Holst, uit ‘The Planets’ 1914-1916)

Eclipse (Charles Mingus,1953)

Space Oddity (David Bowie, 1969)


This concert is made possible by the support of: Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Gemeente Amsterdam (district East).

Also the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (renovation Fokker organ), the SNS REAAL Fonds (renovation Fokker organ) and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Show our sponsors