Dutch Music has its own special place for itself in the international music industry. Music from Netherlands has rich and varied traditions.
Contemporary Dutch popular music also known as ‘Nederpop’ is strongly influenced by music styles that emerged in the United Kingdom and United States in the 1950s. Some of the famous Dutch musicians like the Golden Earring and Shocking Blue have gained world-wide popularity.
Traditional Dutch music is known as ‘Levenslied’ which means songs about life. These soft soothing songs have some great rhythms and melodies and are composed in couplets or refrains. Sentimental, love, death, loneliness are some of the themes that are found in this music. The musical instruments that are used in this music are the accordion and the barrel organ.
Now-a-days, the Dutch musicians have started using the synthesizers and guitars for composing modern music. Famous artists in this genre include Willy Alberti, André Hazes, and Koos Alberts. Other famous Dutch composers include Klaas de Vries (1944), Jacob Ter Veldhuis, aka JacobTV (1951), Guus Janssen (1951) and Cornelis de Bondt (1953).
Dutch folk music is known for its simple straightforward bass motives which are heavily supplemented with fast and happy melodies. Dutch pop and rock songs are equally well known. Some of the famous musicians in this genre are Doe Maar, Het Goede Doel, Frank Boeijen Groep and Toontje Lager.
Directory of Dutch Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Dutch songs, new releases, free Dutch mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Dutch music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.
rnw.nl/music/dmw/ – Official site of Dutch Music Week. Toronto’s Dutch Music Week, in cooperation with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), takes place during two of the Netherlands’ most important national holidays: Queen’s Day (30 April) and Liberation Day (5 May). The concerts, events and radio programs planned for the week will center around Ducth culture and the institutions that make the Netherlands unique.
Timesofmusic.com – Offers collection of music lyrics & songs from around the world.
intermusicholland.nl/ – Inter Music Holland is a Dutch music agency representing various top singers & artists of Dutch Music.
funtrivia.com/ – Some fun trivia on Dutch Music.
Some radio stations for Online Free Dutch Songs & Music:
Radio Netherlands (Hilversum)