The Cry of Anubis

Harrison Birtwistle (1934)

The Cry of Anubis 1994

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Duration 
13
Solist 
Genre 
Publisher 

The Cry of Anubis, part tuba concerto, part tone poem, grew out of Birtwistle’s fascination with Anubis, the jackal-headed god if the necropolis in Egyptian mythology. The character, and the tuba, played a significant role in the composer’s opera The Second Mrs Kong (1993-94), as an overseer of the world of shadows and, transformed, as Kong’s nemesis, the Death of Kong. In The Cry of Anubis, the god again leads the funeral precession and is personified musically by the solo tuba. The Cry of Anubis is not a suite of excerpts from the opera, but rather takes some of the musical material on a new compositional journey.

© Harrison Birtwistle

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Performances 
16.1.95 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: Owen Slade, tuba / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Elgar Howarth
2
Flute
1st & 2nd doubling piccolo
2
Oboe
2nd doubling cor anglais
2
Clarinet
2
Bassoon
4
Horn
2
Trumpet
1
Timpani
1
Percussion
tubular bells, glockenspiel
1
Harp
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