Sir Harrison Birtwistle: 5 Distances for 5 Instruments

Sir Harrison Birtwistle 5 Distances for 5 Instruments
5 Distances for 5 Instruments

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: 5 Distances for 5 Instruments

Year of composition:
1992
Scored for:
for flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, bassoon and horn in F
Composer:
Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Table of contents:
Five Distances for Five Instruments
Commission:
Commissioned by the South Bank Centre with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain
Duration:
13’50”
Dedication:
Dedicated to David Sylvester
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5 Distances for 5 Instruments
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Work introduction

It seems that a cheerful and lively argument is going on among the instruments in this wind quintet. The horn and the bassoon contend while the other three players offer commentary, the flute, oboe and clarinet twittering together constantly together. After about seven minutes, there is a pause (with short interruptions) – but soon the music moves on again, accelerating until it reaches the close, exhausted and slow, where it can only repeat the same motifs. Once again, this is instrumental musical theatre.

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World première

Location:
London
Date:
07.05.1993
Orchestra:
Ensemble Intercontemporain

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