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Old music


Performing ‘classical’ musicians such as Ton Koopman and Frans Brüggen are of great significance for music in the Netherlands and abroad. Each has, in his own way, performed a great deal of musical archaeology in their research into the performance of old music on authentic instruments. Koopman is a great authority on Bach. Brüggen stretched the definition of old music by playing not only Bach and Purcell with his orchestra, but also Beethoven and Schubert, which led the Italian composer Luciano Berio to call Brüggen “not an archaeologist but a great artist.”