GAUZE VESPERS (2007)

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Clt, Perc, Pno, Vln, Vc

DURATION: 12 Minutes
FIRST PERFORMANCE: Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO (12-Jul-2007)
Aspen Contemporary Music Ensemble
Revised Version: Theater De Kikker, Utrecht, Netherlands (07-Mar-2008)
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Composer's Notes  
“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.'”

Peter Ackroyd, London –A Biography

Every society is founded in rituals of birth, life and death. The question that was in my mind when I wrote Gauze Vespers was if it would be possible to tell what kind of a ritual was taking place, if one were an observer from a completely alien culture. Thus I think of Gauze Vespers as a strange ritual, seen from afar.

— Oscar Bettison