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Seen from a distance the hill presents itself as an artificial but organic intruder on the landscape.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle Silbury Air. Four chords on the harp bring the work to a conclusion.

With so much argument crammed into so relatively short a span, it is a work that cries out for early repetition. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. The measured period, the blocks of sound, the processional intensity all make for instant identification, a composer who goes his own way relentlessly and in his own time.

It is described by the composer as “a compound artificial landscape or ‘imaginary landscape’, to use Paul Klee’s title Written birtwistpe and revised init takes as its inspiration the prehistoric mound birtwisyle Silbury Hill in Wiltshirewith its connotations of the spiritual and mysterious: To be able to use Universal Edition in full range, we recommend activating Javascript in your browser.


Silbury Air is named after Silbury Birwistle, a prehistoric mound in Wiltshire, the biggest artificial mound in Europe, being feet high and covering more than five acres. In the second half the “Air” of the title emerges on the flutebefore moving to the woodwindat a tempo independent of the pulse birtwistpe the rest of the ensemble.

Compositions by Harrison Birtwistle compositions. Silbugy Air is a musical composition for chamber ensemble by the English composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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List of compositions by Harrison Birtwistle Category: Birtwistle has stated that the piece follows a strict logical pattern, but chooses not to disclose what that is, much as Silbury Hill has never revealed its purpose to archaeologists. A performance lasts around sixteen minutes. Some Petals from my Twickenham Herbarium. Silbury Air was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation to mark the centenary of Serge Koussevitzky ‘s birth.

Silbury Airrev. However the mood of the piece wir not contemplative. A Garland for Dr.

Silbury Air (Orchestra)

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Views Read Edit View history. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His latest work, Silbury Air, given its first performance by the London Sinfonietta under Elgar Howarth, is another is his sequence of landscape works, but it presents a striking new development. Retrieved from ” https: The result is dramatic and immediately exciting, contradicting in its vitality the idea of static blocks of sound on which Birtwistle has usually relied, but equally showing the firmest silbbury architectural sense, with each section relating naturally and satisfyingly to the rest.

These objects themselves being silnury to bitwistle vigorous invented logic via modes of juxtaposition, modes of repetition, modes of change. The music of the Air is not in any way meant to be a romantic reflection of the hill’s enigmatic location — nor a parallel with any of its evident geometry.

Its use and purpose, after centuries of speculation, still remain a mystery. Sign up for our newsletter!