Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Duets for Storab

Sir Harrison Birtwistle Duets for Storab
Duets for Storab

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Duets for Storab

Year of composition:
1983
Scored for:
for 2 flutes
Composer:
Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Editor:
Gerhard Braun
Table of contents:
Urlar
Stark Pastoral
Fanfare with Birds
White Pastoral
From the Church of Lies
Crunluath
Duration:
12’
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Duets for Storab
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Work introduction

From 1975 to 1983 I lived in the Hebridean island of Raasay. On the ordinance survey map the name of Storab appears three times. Loch Storab, Storab's Burn and Storab's grave. Legend has it that Storab, a Viking prince, was shipwrecked and sought refuge on the island. The islanders, being hostile, chased him to the loch where he swam to the island in the middle. The islanders, who couldn't swim (which is mainly true today) drained the loch and chased him down the burn, killing him where he is buried. These pieces are the last music I completed there.

Harrison Birtwistle

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World première

Location:
London
Date:
25.03.1984

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