Harrison Birtwistle
Harrison Birtwistle
Sir Harrison Paul Birtwistle CH is a British composer.
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Journey to the Center of Self Worth
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Does dissatisfaction lead to introspection? Does introspection lead to dissatisfaction? Neither one of these issues is guaranteed to trigger the other (this ain't no "Which came first? The chicken or the egg?" kind of hypothetical). The inquisitive mind can venture into dangerous places -- or not. Consider this classic exchange between Sir Reginald Bunthorne and the village milkmaid from Gilbert & Sullivan's 1881 operetta entitled Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride. Bunthorne: Tell me, girl, do you ever yearn? Patience: I earn my living. In August, Mina Morita (the new artistic director of San Francisco's Crowded Fire Theater) offered some poignant perspectives on how embracing risk brings meaning to our lives. For cynics like Margo Channing (who detest cheap sentiment), this innocent expression of romantic yearning from 1986's animated feature, An American Tail, might be enough to trigger their gag reflex. On rare occasions, an indistinct cravin ...
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Review: Boston Symphony Gives Harrison Birtwistle’s ‘Responses’ an American Premiere
NYTimes - about 2 years
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Harrison Birtwistle’s “Responses” could have been chaotic, but fortune clearly favored the brave.
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Greek/ Music Theatre Wales; Proms 67, 68, 70 – review - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
By programming Harrison Birtwistle's Violin Concerto before Holst's all-time hit, The Planets, the controller of the Proms ensured a full house for a supposedly difficult UK premiere. Only a few usual suspects were to be seen rushing for the door
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Proms 70: BBC SO/Robertson, Albert Hall, review - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Which was just as well, as Harrison Birtwistle's new Violin Concerto, which was receiving its UK premiere, is a challenge for them as much as the soloist. You would expect a concerto by Birtwistle to go against the grain of the traditional form,
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Naxos of America Adds NMC Recordings, Lipkind Productions and BBC Legends to ... - MarketWatch (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
... Gramophone Awards for Robin Holloway's Second Concerto for Orchestra (1994), the world premiere recording of The Mask of Orpheus by Sir Harrison Birtwistle (1998), Jonathan Harvey's Body Mandala (2008), and most recently, The NMC Songbook (2009)
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Miller Theatre Presents a Profile of Tobias Picker, 10/6 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
The 2009-2010 season saw a tour with Helmut Lachenmann and the US premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's chamber opera The Corridor. Ensemble Signal will also perform at the University at Buffalo as a visiting resident ensemble
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Torino: gia' venduti 43.200 biglietto per Mito SettembreMusica/Rpt (2) - Libero-News.it
Google News - over 5 years
Li affiancheranno l'inglese Harrison Birtwistle, il francese Pascal Dusapin, l'americano Michael Daugherty, il giapponese Toshio Hosokawa, il cinese Guo Wenjing, l'olandese Louis Andriessen e l'estone Arvo Part. Non manca uno sguardo al passato con il
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BBC Radio 3 Presents 50 Pieces of Music from 50 Years by 50 Composers - News On News
Google News - over 5 years
Those sharing their passion for a particular work include the artist Tacita Dean, novelist Mark Haddon, filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, theatre director Katie Mitchell, choreographer Siobhan Davies, composers Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Howard Skempton,
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Royal Albert Hall, London - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
There was huge enthusiasm, too, at Cadogan Hall for the UK premiere, by the BBC Singers and London Sinfonietta under David Atherton, of Angel Fighter (2010) by Harrison Birtwistle. Commissioned by the Leipzig Bachfest, this operatic cantata is scored
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The Proms 2011: week five in review - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
There were premieres of Thomas Larcher's Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra, Colin Matthews' No Man's Land, commissioned by the late Richard Hickox for the 40-year-old City of London Sinfonia, Harrison Birtwistle's dramatic cantata Angel Fighter
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Opera through the ages - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
But it once more took off in Britain with Britten's triumph with Peter Grimes in 1945, which marked the inauguration of another major career that spurred on such contemporaries and successors as Michael Tippett, William Walton and Harrison Birtwistle
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Bregenz Festival: the world's splashiest opera? - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
By arranging co-productions with Opera North and Aldeburgh, scheduling new music by composers such as Harrison Birtwistle and Ben Mason, and engaging directors such as Graham Vick and Phyllida Lloyd as well as a host of our best singers,
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ARD RADIOFESTIVAL 2011: AUSGEWÄHLTE HÖHEPUNKTE VOM 8. BIS 14. AUGUST - hr online
Google News - over 5 years
Zu hören sein werden insgesamt fünf Uraufführungen von Hans Zender, Pascal Dusapin, Gérard Pesson, Stefano Gervasoni, Harrison Birtwistle und Arnulf Herrmann. Am Sonntag, 14. August, ist ein Konzert der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2011 zu hören,
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The artists' artist: modern composers - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
I love the glittering and emotional elegance of Henri Dutilleux, the searing heat of Peter Maxwell Davies, but the composer who, for me, seems to build inexorably on his own intensely personal vision with consistent integrity, is Harrison Birtwistle
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Aspen Percussion Ensemble: Following the beat of the drummer - Aspen Times
Google News - over 5 years
Likewise connected to the theme — and especially to the Music Festival's current Shakespeare mini-festival — is Harrison Birtwistle's “For O, for O, the Hobby-Horse is Forgot.” Haas notes that the piece, whose title comes from “Hamlet,” was written
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Christian Tetzlaff: Hey, kids, you can stop practising - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
He's keen to talk about “the other B” – ie Harrison Birtwistle, the latest of the many leading composers he's commissioned to write concertos for him (he's playing this concerto in his final Prom appearance). He's full of praise for the piece,
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A life in music: Richard Rodney Bennett - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Bennett was in a generation that included Alexander Goehr, Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Thea Musgrave and Cornelius Cardew. As a student he visited Darmstadt and won a scholarship to study with Boulez in Paris. "That was thrilling
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Harrison Birtwistle
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 71
    At the 2006 Ivor Novello Awards he criticised pop musicians at the event for performing too loudly and using too many clichés.
    More Details Hide Details Artist Adam Birtwistle is his son. Photographer Cecil Birtwistle is his grandson. It is not easy to link Birtwistle's music to any particular school or movement. For a time, he was described as belonging to the Manchester School, a phrase invented as a parallel to the Second Viennese School to refer to Birtwistle, Goehr and Davies. The phrase has since somewhat fallen out of use, since the three composers were united only by their early studies in Manchester, not by a common musical style. Birtwistle's music is complex, written in a modernistic manner with a clear, distinctive voice. His early work is sometimes evocative of Igor Stravinsky and Olivier Messiaen (composers he has acknowledged as influences) and his technique of juxtaposing blocks of sound is sometimes compared to that of Edgard Varèse. His early pieces made frequent use of ostinati and often had a ritualistic feel. These have been toned down in recent decades as he has adapted and transformed the techniques into more subtle methods. With its strong emphasis on rhythm, the music is often described as brutal or violent, but this analysis mistakes the strong sound world for an attempt to evoke violent actions. The explicit violence of his first opera Punch and Judy – in which the murder of Judy by her husband is much more shocking when performed live on stage than by glove puppets in the classic British seaside entertainment – can easily be misinterpreted as a clue to the intention of his abstract music.
  • 1995
    Age 60
    In 1995 Birtwistle's saxophone concertante work Panic was premiered in the second half of the Last Night of the Proms to an estimated worldwide television audience of 100 million.
    More Details Hide Details For a comprehensive list, see List of compositions by Harrison Birtwistle.
    In 1995 he was awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1987
    Age 52
    Birtwistle was the 1987 recipient of the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1975
    Age 40
    In 1975 Birtwistle became musical director of the newly established Royal National Theatre in London, a post he held until 1983.
    More Details Hide Details He has been honoured with a knighthood (1988) and as a Companion of Honour (2001). From 1994 to 2001 he was Henry Purcell Professor of Composition at King's College London.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 37
    In 1972 he wrote the accompanying music to "The Offence" starring Sean Connery which was his only film score.
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  • 1965
    Age 30
    In 1965 a Harkness Fellowship gave him the opportunity to continue his studies at Princeton University, where he completed the opera Punch and Judy.
    More Details Hide Details This work, together with Verses for Ensembles and The Triumph of Time, established Birtwistle as an important voice in British music.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1952
    Age 17
    In 1952 he entered the Royal Manchester College of Music in Manchester on a clarinet scholarship.
    More Details Hide Details While there he came in contact with a talented group of contemporaries including Peter Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr, John Ogdon and Elgar Howarth.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born in 1934.
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