Sir Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

Sir Harrison Birtwistle The Mask of Orpheus
The Mask of Orpheus

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

Year of composition:
1973-1984
Subtitle:
Opera in 3 acts
Composer:
Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Librettist:
Peter Zinovieff (12.09.1985)
Roles:
Orpheus - The Man, 1st tenor Orpheus - Hero, mime Orpheus - The Myth, Hades, 2nd tenor Euridice - The Woman, 1st lyric mezzo-soprano Euridice - The Heroine, mime Euridice - The Myth, Persephone, 2nd lyric mezzo-soprano Aristaeus - The Man, 1st high barito
Choir:
SATB (16-stimmig)
Instrumentation:
4 4 4 4 - 4 4 6 2 - perc(7), hp(3), sop.sax(3), e.guit, bass guit, e.mand, tape
Instrumentation details:
1. fl (+picc), 2. fl (+picc, Afl), 3. fl (+picc, Afl), 4. fl (+Afl, bass fl), 1. ob (+ob.d'a), 2. ob (+c.a), 3. ob (+c.a), bassoboe (+c.a), 1. Kl (+cl(Eb)), 2. Kl (+cl(Eb), bass cl), 3. Kl (+bass cl), bass cl (+cb.cl)), 1. bs, 2. bs (+cbsn), 3. bs (+cbsn), cbsn, 3 soprano sax, 4 hr, 4 tpt, 6 tbn, 2 tuba, perc (7), 3 hp, e-guit, bass guit, e-mand, tape
Commission:
Commissioned by English National Opera with the help of funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain and the RVW Trust
Duration:
210’
Dedication:
for Kay Wadey
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The Mask of Orpheus

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

piano reduction
, 210’
Instr.: 4 4 4 4 - 4 4 6 2 - perc(7), hp(3), sop.sax(3), e.guit, bass guit, e.mand, tape

The Mask of Orpheus

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

study score
, 210’
Instr.: 4 4 4 4 - 4 4 6 2 - perc(7), hp(3), sop.sax(3), e.guit, bass guit, e.mand, tape

World première

Location:
Coliseum, London (GB)
Date:
21.05.1986
Conductor:
Elgar Howarth
Main soloists:
Philip Langridge, Nigel Robson, Jean Rigby, Ethna Robinson, Tom McDonnell, Rodney Macann, Marie Angel, Richard Angas

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