Sir Harrison Birtwistle: 5 Distances for 5 Instruments

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

License for the use of music in films

Work specifications


Information on the film

Please, check again the information supplied by you.

We will send you an offer for a license agreement specifying ourt terms and conditions.
It is at UE discretion to grant you a permission on basis of the information supplied by you.
The transmission of your request does not represent a claim to the grant of a license.

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.


World première

Purcell Room, London (GB)
Ensemble Intercontemporain

Previously Viewed Works

No previously viewed works