May 23, 2022

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The great English composer Harrison Birdwiss passed away

His sometimes enthusiastic, brutal and poetic marks helped shape the British system in the second half of the 20th century. In English composer Harrison Birdwist Leave us This Easter Monday, at the age of 87.

Harrison Birdwist was born in 1934 in Agrington, an industrial city in the north of England. He began his career as a clarinetist and studied Royal College of Music In London, with Richard Hall. Winner of the Clarinet Prize in 1952, he took his first compound lessons. Birtwistle then integrates Royal Academy of MusicStill in London, then The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He formed the band in 1953 with pianist John Acton, conductor Elgar Howard and composers Alexander Coher and Peter Maxwell Davis. New Music Manchester. Its members played a significant role in defining the landscape of English music of the second half of the 20th century.

Messiah, inspired by Stravinsky

In 1975, Birtwistle became music director National Theater. Professor of Composition from 1994 to 2001 King’s College In London, influenced by Stravinsky, Vares or Messian, we owe him many great operas and numerous symphonic pieces. Moth request, In particular, the score for the twelve female voices, three harps and the alto flute, was inspired by the composer’s love for butterflies. Among his best works, the opera The mask of OrpheusIn 1984, and piece for the orchestra Earth dances In 1986, he was appointed Birdwhistle’s contemporary music director Royal Academy of MusicWhen he resides London Philharmonic Band.

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The Orchester de Paris and Paul Louise’s Brahms piano concert with the first scene of Harrison Birdwhistle

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Another important combination: Yes, For sixteen voices and three orchestras. A world premiere produced by the Ministry of Culture and Group Intercomborene, recorded in 1979 at the Theatre de la Ville under the guidance of Pierre Paul (will be heard again at Le Concert de 20h On French music) On its 40th anniversary, the ensemble, conducted by Matthias Pinscher, also performed a part. Five distancesWind Quintet, written by Birtwistle in 1992. Finally, we can quote Deep timeFor the orchestra, created Stotskabel Berlin In 2016 under the direction of Daniel Bernabeu.

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French music will soon pay tribute to him The crossroads of creation (8pm Concert & My Bistess, Contemporaries!)

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