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Six Pieces after Paintings by Ben Hartley
Pianist: Thalia Myers.
Recorded July 2007, Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London
Music inspired by Ben Hartley
Two composers, Howard Skempton and Philip Cashian, have written music inspired by Ben Hartley’s work.
Howard Skempton’s Ben Somewhen, a worked by mixed ensemble featuring the double bass, was commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. It takes its title from Ben Somewhen, a set of ink drawings with words by Ben Hartley, published in 2002. Howard Skempton acquired a copy and decided to write this work, first performed in April 2005 and later recorded on the NMC label.
Six Pieces after Paintings by Ben Hartley, presented here as a download, is the response of Philip Cashian to Ben Hartley’s work which he first came to know from Bernard Samuels’ first book on Ben Hartley. He spent childhood holidays in Ermington, the Devon village where Ben Hartley lived for over twenty years.
Philip Cashian is Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Thalia Myers is a distinguished pianist who has made an important contribution to contemporary music through her project Spectrum, commissioning new music for pianists at many levels of achievement.