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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: Compositions by Harrison Birtwistle. Four chords on the harp bring the work to a conclusion.
Birtwisgle performance lasts around sixteen minutes.
Harrison Birtwistle – Silbury Air (Orchestra)
Sir Harrison Birtwistle Silbury Air. The music of the Air is not in any way meant to be a romantic reflection of the hill’s birtwitle location — nor a parallel with any of its evident geometry. Dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzsky. Views Read Edit View history.
Its use and purpose, after centuries of speculation, still remain a mystery. Silbury Air Year of composition: Silbury Airrev.
It is described by the composer as “a compound artificial landscape or ‘imaginary landscape’, to use Paul Klee’s title Sign up for our newsletter! These objects themselves being subjected to a vigorous invented logic via modes of juxtaposition, modes of repetition, modes of change.
Sir Harrison Birtwistle Instrumentation: The result is dramatic and immediately exciting, contradicting in its vitality the idea of static blocks of sound on which Birtwistle has usually sipbury, but equally showing the firmest possible architectural sense, with each section relating naturally and satisfyingly to the rest.
Some Petals from my Twickenham Herbarium. 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.
Harrison Birtwistle – Silbury Air & Secret Theatre –
Silbury Air is a musical composition for chamber ensemble by the English composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Silbury Air
You will regularly receive information siilbury new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers. However the mood of the piece is not contemplative. 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.
Retrieved from ” https: Seen from a distance the hill presents itself as an artificial but organic intruder on the landscape.