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Birtwistle, Sir Harrison (born 1934), composer

Jonathan Cross

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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(b Accrington, Lancs., 15 July 1934). English composer. Along with his soft Lancastrian accent, his North Country origins have never entirely left him – indeed, they continue to colour his distinctive musical voice. This colouring is at its most obvious in a work such as the opera Yan Tan Tethera (1984), which draws on a folktale concerned with the rivalry between a northern and a southern shepherd. Birtwistle’s description of the

Keywords: To 1969; The time of ‘The Mask of Orpheus’; After 1986

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Subjects: Music

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