Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Tragoedia

Sir Harrison Birtwistle Tragoedia
Tragoedia

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Tragoedia

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

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Next performances

02 May

Tragoedia

Hochschule für Musik, Saarbrücken (DE)

World première

Location:
Wardour
Date:
20.08.1965
Orchestra:
Melos Ensemble
Conductor:
Lawrence Foster

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