Earth Dances

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Earth Dances is an orchestral work by British composer Harrison Birtwistle. Its title is part of a geological metaphor that is also found in the piece's structure: Birtwistle has divided the orchestra into six 'strata', whose changing relationships reflect those of the earth's geological layers.[1] It was composed in 1986 for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.[2]


  1. ^ The Rough Guide to Classical Music. Dorling Kindersley Ltd. 2010. pp. 84–85. 
  2. ^ The Listener. British Broadcasting Corporation. 119: 32. 1988.  Missing or empty |title= (help)