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Documentary about the music ensemble culture in the Netherlands. In the late 1960s a group of Dutch composers disrupted a concert by the Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Ber- nard Haitink, with a lot of noise. They demanded a renewal of the classical music landscape at the time. They called themselves The Nutcrackers (the Dutch word ‘noot’ meaning both ‘nut’ and ‘note’) and with playful, aggressive and politically charged manifestations they tried to break through the hegemony of the symphony orchestra with its concomitant artistic policies. The performance of contemporary classical music needed to be valued more. This led to the typically Dutch ensemble culture which soon gained fame abroad.