Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain

  • Opera in 2 acts (1990-2013)
  • Version 2013
  • 3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 3 - Pk, Schl, Vib, Hf, Mba, Cimb, Vl(24), Va(9), Vc(9), Kb(9)
  • Duration: 150’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1. Flöte
    2. Flöte (+Picc)
    3. Flöte (+Picc)
    1. Oboe
    2. Oboe
    3. Oboe (+Eh)
    1. Klarinette in B (+Kl(A)
    Kl(Es))
    2. Klarinette in B (+Kl(A)
    Kl(Es))
    3. Klarinette in B (+Kl(A)
    KbKl(B)
    Bkl)
    1. Fagott (+Lotusflöte)
    2. Fagott (+Lotusflöte)
    3. Fagott (+Lotusflöte
    Kfg)
    1. Horn in F
    2. Horn in F
    2. 2. Horn in F offstage
    3. Horn in F
    4. Horn in F
    4. 4. Horn in F offstage
    1. Trompete in B (+Kornett in Es
    klTrp)
    2. Trompete in B (+Kor(B))
    3. Trompete in B (+FlgHr)
    1. Posaune
    2. Posaune
    3. Posaune (+Kbpos)
    1. Tuba (+Euph)
    2. Tuba
    3. Tuba
    Pauken
    Vibraphon
    Marimbaphon
    Schlagzeug
    Harfe
    Cimbalom
    1-4. Violine
    5-8. Violine
    9-12. Violine
    13-16. Violine
    17-18. Violine
    19-20. Violine
    21-24. Violine
    1-5. Viola
    6-9. Viola
    1-5. Violoncello
    6-9. Violoncello
    1-5. Kontrabass
    6-9. Kontrabass
  • Choir: SATB
  • Roles: Morgan le Fay, Sopran Lady de Hautdesert, Mezzosopran Arthur, Tenor Guinevere, Mezzosopran Der Narr, Tenor Agravain, Bariton Ywain, Tenor Gawain, Bariton Baldwin, Tenor Der Grüne Ritter / Bertilak, Bass
  • Komponist: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
  • Librettist: David Harsent
  • Dichter d. Textvorlage: Anonymus
  • Dedication: Dedicated to Peter Heyworth
  • Commission: Commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

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World première

Location:
Barbican, London (GB)
Date:
16.05.2014
Orchestra:
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:
Martyn Brabbins
Main soloists:
Leigh Melrose, Gawain; Sir John Tomlinson, The Green Knight; Laura Aiken, Morgan Le Fay; Jennifer Johnston, Lady de Hautdesert; Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts, King Arthur; John Graham Hall, A Fool; Rachel Nicholls, Guinevere; William Towers, Bishop Baldwin; etc.

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