Sir Harrison Birtwistle


Neil Fisher’s article Harrison Birtwistle – King of the road less travelled in today’s Times is well worth reading.

This, in particular, sums up Birtwistle for me:

Recently Birtwistle was approached by a group who wanted to adapt one of his orchestral pieces. “They wanted to ‘remix’ my Triumph of Time,” he says. “I said it was perfectly mixed already.”

The Corridor, Harrison Birtwistle’s latest theatre piece will open the 2009 Aldeburgh festival and inaugurate the new studio theatre at Snape Maltings. The two-handed scena returns to a subject that has preoccupied Birtwistle for more than 30 years, the myth of Orpheus and Euridice, and forms the second part of a programme that begins with Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens, a sequence of new arrangements of John Dowland.

Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh (01728 987110), 12, 15, 17 & 18 June
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (0871 663 2500), 6, 7 July



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