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Verstörung is scored for bass clarinet, cello and piano, and was commissioned by Harry Sparnaay, Frances‑Marie Uitti and Polo de Haas, with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain. The work was first performed at the festival Ars Musica in Brussels in 1991. Verstörung – the state of being disturbed, perturbed, shocked – is the title of a novel by Thomas Bernhard.

James Clarke UK

James Clarke, born in London in October 1957, is a composer and artist. He has also written one play, performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1974. His musical work consists of over ninety compositions, written for symphony orchestra, solo musicians and ensembles. These include five works written for the Arditti String Quartet and four for the ensemble Klangforum Wien; a large-scale composition written in collaboration with Harold Pinter for nine actors, solo musicians and orchestra, entitled Voices; several works for the pianist Nicolas Hodges, including Untitled No.2 for piano and orchestra, performed in Darmstadt in 2008 and at the Barbican Hall, London, in 2011.

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James Clarke