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Vers was commissioned by the Royal Festival Hall, for Pierre Boulez on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Following the double meaning of the word 'vers', this is a verse which leads 'towards' a brief quotation from my work BHAKTI, and towards a new (for me) improvisatory idea of form. Bhakti was commissioned by Pierre Boulez and IRCAM, and it was for Boulez's 75th birthday concert, given in his presence, that a sequence of short piano pieces was commissioned from 13 composers from 8 countries. This was my contribution. Jonathan Harvey

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St John's Smith Square (London, United Kingdom)

Joseph Houston, Eliza McCarthy, Rolf Hind

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5pm

St John's Smith Square (London, United Kingdom)

Rolf Hind

Vers

1pm

Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre (London, United Kingdom)

Guildhall School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Richard Baker

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Noorderkerk (Groningen, Netherlands)

Ralph van Raat

Vers

No Venue ('s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)

Ralph van Raat