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Friday 20th August 2010
Meet Betty Olivero

"I don't work out the synthesis between different styles. I just write the reality that is already there."

I had a wonderful chat with the Israeli composer Betty Olivero (above) the other week about her piece Neharot, Neharot, which is to be performed in the Proms chamber music series tomorrow. Here's the article, from this week's JC.

We talked about the sonic backdrop of life that forms a composer's style, the influence of her mentor Luciano Berio, and how the pain of the Lebanon War of 2006 (from the agonies and bereavements on both sides, in case you're wondering) found expression in this piece's imagery... The presence of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in the programme (by I Fagiolini and the Britten Sinfonia) is no coincidence. She's a sensitive, incisive, intuitive and passionately poetic musician and I'm looking forward to exploring her works.

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About Jessica Duchen

Jessica Duchen is a music journalist and the author of four novels, two biographies and several stage works. She writes regularly for The Independent and BBC Music Magazine. Her latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is published by Hodder.

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