Speaking on hearing the news announced by the Royal Opera House, composer Harrison Birtwistle
said his death leaves a large hole in the world''s music.
THURSDAY Britten Sinfonia - focus on music of Harrison Birtwistle
and his influences: Birmingham Town Hall, 1pm.
Prom 39 - BBC Symphony Orchestra BBC Four, 7.30pm THE Proms mark the 75th birthday of one of Britain's greatest living composers, Sir Harrison Birtwistle
The British composer "Harrison Birtwistle
always said that he was writing one long piece.
As well as under-writing performances and recordings, she commissioned hundreds of works from some 80 very different composers, from John Adams--who dedicated his opera Nixon in China to her--to Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Harrison Birtwistle
and Steve Reich.
The most curious piece is "Dance of the metro-gnomes" by Harrison Birtwistle
. The work is pointillistic, with pitches sounding like drops of water.
Kondo's Standing, hypnotically hocketing, was stunningly rendered by violin, piano and marimba, facing each other in a triangle, before Harrison Birtwistle
's (present in the audience) The Sadness of Komachi changed the mood completely, tenor Robert Murray sitting huddled, score-less, confiding this soliloquy of an old woman lamenting the passing of the years.
The author concentrates on works by Davies (Antechrist, Hymnos, and especially Eight Songs for a Mad King) and by Harrison Birtwistle
(Monodrama and "Spring Song").
There were also honours for composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle
, Liverpool community leader Wally Brown and sports philanthropist and entrepreneur Barrie Wells.
Its musically tricky, contrapuntally complex score owes more to Leonard Bernstein and William Bolcom than to Harrison Birtwistle
or George Benjamin.
BIRTHDAYS: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
, composer, 76; Lord Winston, doctor, scientist, politician, and television presenter, 70; Linda Ronstadt, singer, 64; Celia Imrie, actress, 58; Forest Whitaker, actor, 49; Brigitte Nielsen (pictured), actress, 47.