Compositions
Oscar Bettison

(b. 1975)
Oscar Bettison's works explore the boundaries of pitch and noise, classical and rock, convention and invention. He writes for existing instruments with creative and re-imagined roles, as well as "Cinderella" instruments (invented instruments made from found materials). Many of Bettison's works involve electro-acoustic elements and has an unconventional lyricism and a menacing beauty. Recent commissions include Los Angeles Philharmonic, MusikFabrik, So Percussion, Ensemble Klang, Bang on a Can All Stars, London Sinfonietta, Rolf Hind, Roundhouse (London), Tonlagen Festival (Dresden, Germany), and the BBC * Composition Faculty at Peabody Institute since 2009.

Composition timpani and percussion requirements

Alternator

No Timpani + 1 percussion
Glockenspiel, pillow, vibraphone, large sistrum, gong, 3 wine bottles, lion's roar, almglocken, 2 large wooden planks
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Gauze Vespers

No Timpani + 1 percussion
Vibraphone, 2 metal pipes, (piano) toy piano, (violin) pencil, small flexatone, (cello) large flexatone
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Lights in Ashes

No Timpani + 4 percussion + celeste
Prayer stones, 3 tubular bells, bucket of water, Thai gong, wrenchophone, vibraphone, orchestral bass drum, 2 metal pipes, ratchet, steel drum, almglocken, Chinese Opera gong, large Thai gong, hammer, 4 Thai gongs, celeste
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Livre des Sauvages

No Timpani + 2 percussion
Spring reco-reco(large), mounted castanets, desk-bells(from C to C), suspended metal springs(med and large), whip, guiro (small), pedal bass drum prepared), 2 ratchets(small, large), 2 ranch triangles, 3 ceramic mugs, tubular bell (Ab), wrenchophone, sandpaper blocks, 5 gongs (G3, Bb3 B3, D4, F4), Chinese clash cymbals, conch shell, almglocken (F#3 to C#5), orchestral hammer, 2 tuning forks, 4 wine bottles of different sizes, flexatone, hi hat
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The Accordion Desert

No Timpani + 2 percussion
1) Chinese cymbal, 2 octaves crotales, vibraphone, gong, small suspended cymbals, 2 gongs, flexatone, 4 ranch triangles, scrap metal, steel drum, 2 bass bows, 2 ping-pong balls; 2) Chinese cymbal, 2 octaves crotales, vibraphone, gong, tam tam, 2 gongs, flexatone, Chinese wood drum, sistrum, steel drum, 2 bass bows, 2 ping-pong balls
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