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Oscar Bettison's The Afflicted Girl to be premiered by Bang on a Can February 24 at Merkin Hall

Oscar Bettison’s latest work The Afflicted Girl will receive its world premiere on Wednesday, February 24, at 7:30pm by the Bang on a Can All Stars. Commissioned by the Bang on a Can 2010 People’s Commissioning Fund (PCF), The Afflicted Girl – scored for clarinet, electric guitar, piano, percussion, cello, and double bass – is inspired by the work of Peter Ackroyd. 

In London –A Biography Ackroyd describes: “And there was ‘the afflicted girl –white faced and expressionless’ who sat for many years close to the Horse-Shoe of Tottenham Court Road, ‘oblivious of time and inured to suffering though all the noise and tumult.’”

Says Bettison, one of three inaugural Boosey & Hawkes Emerging Composers: “I was very struck by this passage in Peter Ackroyd’s wonderful biography of London. Through the course of writing this piece I returned to it again and again. At first I couldn’t think why I found this image so affecting, but I came to realize that it was due to the idea of listening.“ MORE…

Looking ahead, Oscar Bettison is currently writing a new work for the combined forces of the Percussion Group of The Hague and the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet in addition to a piece for four drummers commissioned by the Hellerau Festival in Dresden for the percussionists from Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, MusikFabrik, and Klangforum Wein.  A recording of his evening-long work O Death is due to be released on CD by Ensemble Klang in spring 2010.

Also in spring 2010, the Bang on a Can the All Stars travel to Milan, Italy for the world premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Life on March 22. Life, with film by Marijke van Warmerdam, arrives at Carnegie Hall on April 17 for its U.S. premiere highlighting Andriessen as Carnegie Hall’s 2009-2010 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. 

For scores, recordings or other materials please contact jessica.schmitz@boosey.com

Photo Credit: Denise Anderson

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