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Written in and revised init takes as its inspiration the prehistoric mound of Silbury Hill in Wiltshirewith its connotations of the spiritual and mysterious: With so much argument crammed into so relatively short a span, it is a work that cries out for early repetition.
Harrison Birtwistle – Silbury Air (Orchestra)
The music of the Air is not in any way meant to be a romantic reflection of the brtwistle enigmatic location — nor a parallel with any of its evident geometry. I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity.
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Birtwistle has stated that the piece follows a strict logical aie, but chooses not to disclose what that is, much as Silbury Hill has never revealed its purpose to archaeologists. Compositions by Harrison Birtwistle compositions. Silbury Air is named after Silbury Hill, a prehistoric mound in Wiltshire, the biggest artificial mound in Europe, being feet high and covering more than five acres.
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Silbury Air
Retrieved from ” https: However the mood of the piece is not contemplative. The measured period, the blocks of sound, the processional intensity all make for instant identification, a composer who goes his own way relentlessly and in his own time. A performance lasts around sixteen minutes. List of compositions by Harrison Birtwistle Category: These objects themselves being birtwiste to a vigorous invented logic via modes of juxtaposition, modes of repetition, modes of change.
Ajr by Harrison Birtwistle. This page was last edited on 21 Juneat Sir Harrison Birtwistle Silbury Air. Four chords on the harp bring the work to a conclusion. Dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzsky. Seen from a distance the hill presents itself as an artificial but organic intruder on the landscape.
Harrison Birtwistle – Silbury Air & Secret Theatre
Silbury Air was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation to mark the centenary of Serge Koussevitzky ‘s birth. Some Petals from my Twickenham Herbarium. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
In the second half the “Air” of the title emerges on the flutebefore moving to the woodwindat a tempo independent of the pulse of the rest of the ensemble. Sign up for our newsletter!