Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Cantata

Sir Harrison Birtwistle Cantata
Cantata

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Cantata

Year of composition:
1969
Scored for:
for soprano and instruments
Composer:
Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Text adapter:
Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Soloists:
soprano
Instrumentation:
fl, cl, glock, pno, vln, vc
Instrumentation details:
fl(+picc), Kl, glock, pno(+cel), vln(+vla), vc
Duration:
11’
Dedication:
to Jill and Robin (Yapp)
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Work introduction

The text of the Cantata, composed in 1969 and dedicated to Jill-Robin, is by the composer and is based on tomb inscriptions and free translations by Sappho and other Greek poets. The composition has a marked aleatory character and in the score, Birtwistle prescribed that the refrain is to appear three times. Conductors are assigned the task of indicating the tempo, duration, legato, staccato dynamics to the players.

After its first performance Financial Times wrote that “through a masterful exploitation of the timbres of both voice and instruments, the composer achieves very interesting sonorities. This is particularly evident during the third and fourth ‘fragments’”.

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Next performances

07 Feb

Cantata

NDR, Kleiner Sendesaal, Hannover (DE)

World première

Location:
London
Date:
12.06.1969
Orchestra:
Pierrot Players
Conductor:
Harrison Birtwistle

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