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Universal Edition - Sir Harrison Birtwistle – Secret Theatre

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Secret Theatre

Year of composition: 1984
Scored for: for chamber ensemble
Composer: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Instrumentation: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(1), pno, str(1 1 1 1 1)
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
oboe
clarinet in Bb
bassoon (+cbsn)
horn in F
trumpet in C (+picc.tpt in Bb)
trombone
percussion
piano
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Commissioned by: Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta (with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain and the London Sinfonietta)
Duration: 28′
Dedication: Dedicated to Sheila Birtwistle
 
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Secret Theatre

World Première

Location: Queen Elizabeth Hall London / Great Britain
Date: 18.10.1984
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
Conductor: David Atherton

Work Introduction

Secret Theatre is a classic of the international ensemble literature. As the title implies, it is instrumental theatre; great commotion predominates among the conflicting voices until one of them is allowed to present a monologue. The music becomes calm, the soloist “sings” a melody while the other voices comment, but soon the general ruckus returns. Birtwistle says, “What I do is something I call instrumental role-playing … I don’t write an actual piece and then add a number of instruments – it is more like a play with persons that way, how they sound and what they say.”

Study score – Secret Theatre

  • for Chamber Ensemble
  • Edition type: study score
  • UE17917
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-3314-7
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-04096-2
EUR 128,95

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Future Performances

15.10.2017
Location: Kölner Philharmonie, Köln (D), Orchestra: Ensemble Modern


07.11.2017
Location: Oper Frankfurt, Mozart Saal, Frankfurt am Main (D), Orchestra: Ensemble Modern, Conductor: Paul Daniel

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