Sunday, November 30, 2003


Harrison Birtwistle's fascination with Greek myth and drama continues with a major new work, Theseus Game, the latest in the celebrated series of pieces written for the London Sinfonietta. The soloists spin an endless melodic line while groups of instruments, directed by separate conductors, weave a labyrinth of sound.

The London Premiere is at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 2 December 2003. The concert starts at 19:45. Birtwistle talks to Nicholas Kenyon at 19:00. And earlier, at 17:30, there is the launch of the new internet site birtwistle-online, with performances of new music inspired by the composer and written by London school children. See Boosey & Hawkes news release on this.

The programme is:
Harrison Birtwistle, Tragoedia.
Peter Eötvös, Wind Sequences, London premiere.
Harrison Birtwistle, Theseus Game, London premiere.

Performed by:
The London Sinfonietta with
Martyn Brabbins, conductor.
Pierre-André Valade, conductor.

Theseus Game has been co-commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, Ruhr Triennale, Ensemble Modern and the South Bank Centre. The UK premiere was at the Huddersfield Festival on 30 November 2003.

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