Later British Mysteries

W. Anthony Sheppard

in Revealing Masks

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223028
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924741 | DOI:
Later British Mysteries

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Britten did not return to the Church Parable genre after completing The Prodigal Son, nor did other composers directly adopt the form. However, some of the features developed in Britten's three Church Parables were to influence British music theater and opera throughout the remaining decades of the century. The three most prominent figures interested in creating works of ritualistic music theater were Peter Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr, and Harrison Birtwistle. With the 1967 formation of the Pierrot Players by Davies and Birtwistle, music theater became the central genre or performance ideal of the British musical avant-garde. Music theater soon transgressed the loose generic boundaries established by earlier figures and came to invade all forms of concert music.

Keywords: British music theater; Peter Maxwell Davies; Alexander Goehr; Harrison Birtwistle; concert music

Chapter.  4067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Applied Music

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