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Harrison Birtwistle

 b. 1934Harrison Birtwistle Photo: © Hanya Chlala / ArenaPAL


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Harrison Birtwistle is one of the leading European figures in contemporary music * Works combine modernist aesthetic with mythic power and emotional impact * Inspiration from contemporary art and the rituals of classical mythology and pre-history Orchestral works of recent decades include Panic composed for the Last Night of the BBC Proms, The Shadow of Night commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra written for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Christian Tetzlaff * Stageworks include The Last Supper for Glyndebourne, The Minotaur for The Royal Opera, The Io Passion and The Corridor * Noted Birtwistle conductors include Boulez, Howarth, Eötvös, Knussen, Rattle, Dohnányi, Barenboim and Pappano * Winner of 1986 Grawemeyer Award and 1995 Siemens Prize * CD recordings on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Etcetera, NMC, Black Box and CPO * The Minotaur is available on DVD from Opus Arte

Works by Harrison Birtwistle include:
Pulse Shadows (1989-96) for soprano, chamber ensemble and string quartet
The Shadow of Night (2001) for orchestra
The Minotaur (2005-07)  Opera in 13 scenes

Looking Ahead: 80th birthday events in 2014 include new piano concerto Responses touring internationally with soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard to Munich (26 Oct), Porto (1 Nov), London (6 Dec) and Boston (12 Feb 2015); three-day celebration in Cambridge featuring Arditti Quartet and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (6-8 Nov); concerts and talks at Birmingham Conservatoire (27/28 Nov);  three-concert celebration at Southbank Centre including tribute programme by London Sinfonietta (5-7 Dec)

"A great original ... one of the most gifted composers of his generation." — The Times

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