Universal Edition - Sir Harrison Birtwistle – Tragoedia

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Year of composition: 1965
Scored for: for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, harp and string quartet
Composer: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Instrumentation details:
clarinet in Bb
horn in F
1st violin
2nd violin
claves (played by members of the wind quintet)
Commissioned by: Commissioned by the Melos Ensemble
Duration: 20′30″
Dedication: Dedicated to Michael Tippett on his 60th birthday
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World Première

Location: Wardour / Great Britain
Date: 20.08.1965
Orchestra: Melos Ensemble
Conductor: Lawrence Foster
Remarks: venue: Wardour Castle

Work Introduction

Tragoedia (the original meaning of which is “goat-song”) is abstract theatre. Although violence often dominates the music’s character, the mood in no way suggests tragedy. The ensemble seldom plays simultaneously; for the most part, groups of instruments or soloists are juxtaposed, creating highly original sonic colours. The horn, cello and harp are especially important – the horn quite savage, the cello more tender and fragile, with the harp among the other two. Tragoedia is a classic of modern chamber-music literature.

Score – Tragoedia

  • for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, harp, claves and string quartet
  • Edition type: score
  • UE14179
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1912-7
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-04415-1
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