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The Music of Harrison Birtwistle

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Part of Music in the Twentieth Century

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521027809

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About the Authors
  • Harrison Birtwistle (1934- ) is one of the most eminent and acclaimed of contemporary British composers. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive view of his large and varied output, containing descriptions of every published work, and also a number of withdrawn and unpublished pieces. The book is structured around a number of broad themes--theater, song, time and texture--themes of significance to Birtwistle, but also to much other music. This approach avoids in-depth technical analysis, and Dr. Adlington focuses instead on the music's wider cultural significance.

    • This is the first book to discuss all of Birtwistle's music
    • It is written in an accessible style with no technical analyses
    • It considers the wider cultural context of Birtwistle's music
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...excellently written...Literate, well informed, and wel organized (by general themes - theaters, roles, texts, times, sections, layers, audiences - and by individual works), This is a book bor advanced students, fans of he avant-garde, and fellow practitioners...recommended to very serious music libraries..." Choice

    "Adlington's book impressive debut. It is concentrated and well organized...Adlington is not afraid to go back to old-fashioned ideas of good practice, a willingness which I think does both him and his subject credit." Current Musicology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521027809
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.425kg
    • contains: 28 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Abbreviations and note on sources
    Part I. Theatres:
    1. Violence
    2. Myth
    3. Music and drama
    4. Narratives and rituals
    Part II. Roles:
    5. Dramatic protagonists
    6. Ceremonial actors
    7. Negotiated identities
    8. Soloists
    Part III. Texts:
    9. Narration
    10. Fragment
    11. Phone
    12. Expression
    Part IV. Times:
    13. Time
    14. Pulse
    15. Journeys
    Part V. Sections:
    16. Verse
    17. Fragment
    18. Context
    Part VI. Layers:
    19. Melody
    20. Polyphony
    21. Strata
    Part VII. Audiences
    Chronological list of works
    Index of works
    General index.

  • Author

    Robert Adlington, University of Nottingham

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