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HARRISON BIRTWISTLE  

(b 1934 )

A fellow student of Alexander Goehr and Peter Maxwell Davies at the Royal Manchester College of Music, Harrison Birtwistle began his professional career as a clarinettist before developing his interests in composition to become one of the leading English composers of his generation. He was knighted in 1988. His interest in theatre is reflected in his stage works and in the seven-year period he spent as music director at the National Theatre in London. His personal musical language reflects influences from Stravinsky, Varèse, Webern, Messiaen, Boulez and Stockhausen, brought together into a remarkable synthesis with his own innovative approach to drama in music. Birtwistle’s compositions include a wide variety of works (orchestral, instrumental and vocal), often involving an element of drama – as in his tuba concerto The Cry of Anubis, with the tuba as protagonist.

Stage Works

Birtwistle’s first opera, Punch and Judy, was staged at Aldeburgh in 1968. Later works have included The Mask of Orpheus, Yan Tan Tethera, Gawain, The Second Mrs Kong and in 2008 The Minotaur: creations of striking originality in structure and conception.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BIRTWISTLE, H.: Minotaur (The) (Royal Opera House, 2008) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7052D
Opera DVD
BIRTWISTLE, H.: Minotaur (The) (Royal Opera House, 2008) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1000D
Opera DVD
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Orchestral
DISCOVER OPERA Naxos Educational
8.558196-97
Opera
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102073
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 7: Threads (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102045
Classical Documentary
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102072
Classical Documentary
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert, Vol. 7: Zu neuen Ufern (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102044
Classical Documentary




 
 
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