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Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Sir Harrison Birtwistle
... agm ...

Year of composition: 1978-1979
Scored for: for 16 voices and 3 instrumental ensembles
Composer: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Text Source: Text: The Fayum fragments of Sappho with translations by Tony Harrison.
Translator: Tony Harrison
Choir: 4 S, 4 A, 4 T, 4 B
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2 - 1 2 2 1 - perc(3), hp(2), pno, Str(2 0 1 2 1)
Instrumentation details:
high group: 1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
clarinet in Bb
horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
low group: bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon
contrabassoon
1st trombone
2nd trombone
tuba
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
contrabass
punctuationg group: piano
1st harp
2nd harp
percussion (3 players): 3 xylophones, 2 vibraphones, claves, high-pitched woodblock, 3x4 temple blocks, 3 hi-hats, 3.2 cowbells, 3x3 suspended cymbals
Commissioned by: Commissioned by Ensemble InterContemporain
Duration: 30′
Dedication: Dedicated to Nicholas Snowman
 
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World Première

Location: Théâtre de la Ville Paris / France
Date: 09.04.1979
Orchestra: Ensemble Intercontemporain
Choir: John Alldis Choir
Conductor: Pierre Boulez

Work Introduction

Following two earlier works, Harrison Birtwistle returned to texts by Sappho, the great poetess of Lesbos, this time setting the texts in their original, and much more fragmentary, form. The title …agm… has various justifications: the three letters occur in many, if not all, of Sappho’s works; the Greek word for fragment is ‘agma’; and agm is an abbreviation of Agamemnon.

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Future Performances

30.04.2017
Location: Sala Suggia, Porto (P), Orchestra: Remix Ensemble, Conductor: Peter Rundel

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