Universal Edition - Sir Harrison Birtwistle – Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum

Year of composition: 1977/1978
Scored for: for chamber orchestra
Composer: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Instrumentation: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - mar, pno, str(6 6 4 4 2)
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
bassoon (+cbsn)
horn in F
trumpet in C
piano (+e.pno)
violin I(6)
violin II(6)
Remarks: Paul Klee
Duration: 9′20″
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Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum

Work Introduction

Birtwistle composed this piece for the London Sinfonietta; he also conducted its first performance. It has become a standard work in the ensemble repertoire everywhere in the decades since then – and no wonder; it is highly appealing, playful and diversified instrumental theatre music (similar to Secret Theatre), in which “mechanisms,” i.e. groups behaving like mechanical devices, declare hostilities against one another in various rhythmic patterns and registers.

At age 33, Birtwistle had already found his own musical language, which he used to relate Carmen Arcadiae; its multitude of characteristic traits would come to mark his subsequent compositions.

full score - Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum

Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum
  • for chamber orchestra
  • Edition type: full score

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