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Asko|Schönberg & Ensemble Klang – Oscar Bettison’s On the slow weather of dreams

English-American composer Oscar Bettison moved to the Netherlands in the late 1990s to study with Louis Andriessen and Martijn Padding, a period he characterises as decisive in finding his musical voice, as adventurous and unpredictable as Andriessen’s. For the opening night of Gaudeamus Festival, Bettison is writing a brand new piece in response to Andriessen’s De Staat, with that piece’s same instrumentation: a mirror composition with a very different atmosphere. A group of pianos, harps and guitars form the core, while some players change position and singers encourage the brass and invoke the night.

Photo © Kyle Dorosz



Asko|Schönberg, Ensemble Klang, Musica Festival (Strasbourg), Muziekgebouw