List of compositions by Harrison Birtwistle

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Harrison Birtwistle in 2008

This is a list of compositions by Harrison Birtwistle (born 1934), a British composer of contemporary classical music. Birtwistle's music was published by Universal Edition until 1994, and since then by Boosey & Hawkes.

Opera and other dramatised works[edit]

Orchestra[edit]

  • Chorales, for orchestra (1960–63)
  • Nomos, for 4 amplified instruments and orchestra (1967–68)
  • The Triumph of Time, for orchestra (1971–72)
  • Melencolia I, for clarinet, harp and 2 string orchestras (1976)
  • Earth Dances, for orchestra (1985–86)
  • Endless Parade, for trumpet, strings and vibraphone (1986–87)
  • Machaut à ma manière, for orchestra (1988)
  • Gawain's Journey, for orchestra (1991)
  • Antiphonies, for piano and orchestra (1992)
  • The Cry of Anubis, for tuba and orchestra (1994)
  • Panic, for alto saxophone, jazz drummer, wind, brass and percussion (1995)
  • Exody, for orchestra (1997)
  • Sonance Severance 2000, for orchestra (1999)
  • The Shadow of Night, for orchestra (2001)
  • Night’s Black Bird, for orchestra (2004)
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2009–10)
  • Responses, for piano and orchestra (2014)
  • Deep Time, for orchestra (2016)

Chamber ensemble without voices[edit]

  • The World is Discovered, 6 Instrumental Movements after Heinrich Isaac, for chamber ensemble (1961)
  • 3 Movements with Fanfares, for chamber orchestra (1964)
  • Tragoedia, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, harp and string quartet (1965)
  • Chorale from a Toy Shop, two versions for different chamber ensembles (1967)
  • Verses for Ensembles, for 3 instrumental ensembles (1968–69)
  • Some Petals from my Twickenham Herbarium, for piccolo, clarinet in Bb, glockenspiel, piano, violin and violoncello (1969)
  • An Imaginary Landscape, for brass, percussion and double basses (1971)
  • Tombeau in memoriam Igor Stravinsky, for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet (1971)
  • Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum, for chamber ensemble or orchestra (1977–1978)
  • Grimethorpe Aria, for brass band (1973)
  • For O, for O, the Hobby-Horse is Forgot, Ceremony, for 6 percussionists (1976)
  • Silbury Air, for chamber ensemble (1977)
  • Secret Theatre, for chamber ensemble (1984)
  • Salford Toccata, for brass band (1989)
  • Ritual Fragment, for chamber orchestra (1990)
  • Fanfare for Glyndebourne, for brass ensemble and timpani (1994)
  • Slow Frieze, for piano and ensemble (1996)
  • Bach Measures, for chamber ensemble (1996)
  • Placid Mobile, for 36 trumpets (1998)
  • The Silk House Tattoo, for two trumpets and side drums (1998)
  • Sonance 2000, for brass ensemble (1999)
  • 17 Tate Riffs, for ensemble (2000)
  • Fanfare, for brass and percussion (2001)
  • Tenebrae David, for brass ensemble (2001)
  • Theseus Game, for large ensemble with two conductors (2002)
  • The Io Passion: Nocturnes, for clarinet and string quartet (2004)
  • Cantus Iambeus, for thirteen instruments (2005)
  • Crescent Moon over the Irrational (2010)
  • Fantasia upon all the notes (2011)
  • In Broken Images (2011-12)
  • Five Lessons in a Frame (2015)

Instrumental groups of 5 or fewer performers, without voices[edit]

  • Antiphonies from the Moonkeeper, for trumpet (1985)
  • Berceuse de Jeanne, for piano (unpublished)
  • Refrains and Choruses, for wind quintet (1957)
  • Précis, for piano (1960)
  • Verses, for clarinet and piano (1965)
  • Linoi, for basset clarinet in A and piano (1968)
  • 8 Lessons for Keyboards (unpublished; premiered in 1970)
  • Dinah and Nick's Love Song, for 3 melody instruments and harp (1970)
  • Sad Song, for piano (1971)
  • Clarinet Quintet, for clarinet and string quartet (1980)
  • Pulse Sampler, for oboe and claves (1981)
  • Duets for Storab, for 2 flutes (1983)
  • Hector's Dawn, for piano (1987)
  • An Interrupted Endless Melody, for oboe and piano (1991, B&H)
  • 9 Movements, for string quartet (1991–1996)
  • 5 Distances for 5 Instruments, for flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, bassoon and horn in F (1992)
  • Hoquetus Petrus, for two flutes and piccolo trumpet (1995)
  • Harrison’s Clocks, for piano (1997–98)
  • Ostinato with Melody, for piano (2000)
  • The Axe Manual, for piano and percussion (2000)
  • Betty Freedman: Her Tango, for piano (2000)
  • Saraband, for piano (2001)
  • Crowd, for solo harp (2005)
  • Dance of the metro-gnome, for piano (2006)
  • Tree of Strings, for string quartet (2007)
  • Double Hocket, for piano trio (2007)
  • The Message (Duet 1), for Eb clarinet, trumpet and military drum (2008)
  • Bourdon, for violin and viola (2009)
  • Oboe Quartet (2009–10)
  • Duet 3, for cor anglais and basson (2010)
  • Gigue Machine, for piano (2011)
  • Construction with Guitar Player, for guitar (2013)
  • Variations from the Golden Mountain, for piano (2014)
  • Duet 4, for violin and flute (2014)
  • Duet 5, for horn and trombone (2014)
  • The Silk House Sequences, for string quartet (2015)

Vocal music (with and without instruments)[edit]

  • Monody for Corpus Christi, for soprano, flute, violin and horn (1959)
  • Entr'actes and Sappho Fragments, for soprano and instruments (1964)
  • Carmen Paschale, motet for choir and organ (1965)
  • Ring a Dumb Carillon, for soprano (+ susp cyms), clarinet in Bb and percussion (1964–65)
  • The Visions of Francesco Petrarca (1965-66)
  • Monodrama (1967)
  • Cantata, for soprano and instruments (1969)
  • Nenia: The Death of Orpheus, for soprano, 3 bass clarinets, crotales and piano (1970)
  • Meridian, for mezzosoprano, 2 three-part women's’ choirs and instruments (1970–71)
  • Prologue, for tenor and 7 instruments (1971)
  • La Plage: 8 Arias of Remembrance, for soprano and 5 instruments (1972)
  • The Fields of Sorrow, for 2 sopranos, 8-part choir and instruments (1972)
  • Epilogue, "Full fathom five", for baritone, horn, 4 trombones and 6 tam-tam (1972)
  • Narration: A Description of the Passing of a Year, for a cappella chorus (1963)
  • … agm …, for 16 voices and 3 instrumental ensembles (1978–1979)
  • On the Sheer Threshold of the Night, Madrigal, for 4 soloists and 12-voice choir (1980)
  • Deowa, for soprano and clarinet in Bb (1983)
  • Songs by Myself, for soprano and chamber ensemble (1984)
  • Words Overheard, for soprano and chamber orchestra (1985)
  • 4 Songs of Autumn, for soprano and string quartet (1988)
  • An die Musik, for soprano and chamber ensemble (1988)
  • 4 Poems by Jaan Kaplinski, for soprano and 13 instruments (1991)
  • 9 Settings of Celan (may be performed as a set or individually) for soprano, 2 clarinets, viola, violoncello and contrabass (1989–96)
  • Pulse Shadows (the 9 Movements for string quartet interleaved with the 9 Settings of Celan) (1989–96)
  • 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker, for soprano and instrument, not piano (1998–2000)
  • Love Cries, from the opera The Second Mrs. Kong, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and orchestra (1999)
  • Three Latin Motets, from The Last Supper, for unaccompanied choir (1999)
  • The Woman and the Hare, for soprano, reciter and ensemble (1999)
  • The Gleam, for unaccompanied choir (2003)
  • The Ring Dance of the Nazarene, for baritone, tombak, choir and ensemble (2003)
  • 3 Arias by Bach, for soprano, countertenor and chamber ensemble (2003–04)
  • 26 Orpheus Elegies, for oboe, harp and countertenor (2003–04)
  • 3 Brendel Settings, for baritone and orchestra (2000–04)
  • Today Too, for tenor, flute and guitar (2004)
  • Neruda Madrigales, for chorus and ensemble (2004–05)
  • The Mouse Felt…, for baritone and piano (2005)
  • Lullaby, for two sopranos, unaccompanied (2006)
  • Song of Myself, for baritone, double bass and percussion (2006)
  • Angel Fighter, for chamber chorus, tenor, countertenor and ensemble (2010)
  • The Moth Requiem, for twelve female voices, three harps and flute (2012)
  • Songs from the Same Earth, for tenor and piano (2012-13)
  • Chorale-Prelude, for SATB chorus a capella (2014)
  • dear dusty moth, for soprano and ensemble (2017)

Electronic music[edit]

  • Chronometer, for 2 asynchronous 4-track tapes (1971–72)

Film scores[edit]

References[edit]