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Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century

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The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (Dutch: Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw) is a Dutch early music orchestra. Frans Brüggen and Sieuwert Verster co-founded the orchestra in 1981.[1]

The orchestra consists of about 60 members from many different countries, who all play on period instruments. The group was formed as a collective, so all orchestra members and the conductor receive equal shares of concert earnings. The orchestra does not audition its members, but receives them through word-of-mouth invitations.[1]

The orchestra has toured widely both in Europe and America and recorded extensively with Philips Classics, including symphonies of Beethoven,[2] Haydn[3] and Mozart[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Daniel J. Wakin, In Italy, 'Eroica' Energizes a Frail Fixture of Period Music, The New York Times, 2008-06-30. URL accessed on 2009-08-22.
  2. John Rockwell, Beethoven, as He Passed Down Through the Centuries, The New York Times, 1993-01-31. URL accessed on 2009-08-22.
  3. John Rockwell, Contrasting Temperaments Battle in Haydn Warhorses, The New York Times, 1994-04-17. URL accessed on 2009-08-22.

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