Theseus Game

Harrison Birtwistle (1934)

Theseus Game 2002-2003

2(=picc,afl).2(=corA).2(II=bcl,Ebcl).2-2.2(II=picc.tpt).2.1-perc(3):3vib/3 marimbas-2pft-4vln.3vla.3vlc
Duration 
36
Solist 
Commissioner 
Publisher 

The title is a metaphor for the form of the piece, with Theseus' thread expressed by an endless melodic line, played in turn by various intsruments from the main ensemble. The other instruments accompany these soloists, defining the labyrinth, through which the melodic thread must find its way.

Harrison Birtwistle, 2002

Performances 
19/20.9.13 RuhrTriennale Festival, Duisburg, Germany: Ensemble Modern / Martyn Brabbins and Pierre-Andre Valade
30.11.03 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: London Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins and Pierre-Andre Valade
2.12.03 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins and Pierre-Andre Valade
5.12.03 Columbia University, New York: Alarm Will Sound / Alan Pierson
6.8.04 BBC Proms, London: London Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins and Pierre-Andre Valade
4.9.04 Lucerne Festival, Switzerland: Ensemble Modern / Martyn Brabbins and Pierre-Andre Valade
7.9.04 Berlin Konzerthaus: Ensemble Modern / Martyn Brabbins and Pierre-Andre Valade
6.11.04 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Sinfonietta / Pierre-André Valade and David Atherton
5.2.05 Cite de la Musique, Paris: Ensemble Intercontemporain / David Robertson and Ludovic Morlot
6.6.06 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam: Asko & Schoenberg Ensembles / Reinbert de Leeuw and Etienne Siebens
8.6.11 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Philharmonic Orchestra / Clement Power and Thomas Blunt
27.4.14 Lugano, Switzerland: Ensemble 900 / Arturo Tomayo and Francesco Bossaglia
5.12.14 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Sinfonietta / David Atherton and Geoffrey Paterson
21.2.15 Bergen, Norway: BIT 20 Ensemble / Baldur Brönnimann
5.7.15 Viitasaari, Finland: Ensemble Modern / Steven Schick
2
Flute
2nd doubling piccolo & alto flute
2
Oboe
2nd doubling cor anglais
2
Clarinet
2nd doubling Eb clarinet and bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
2
Horn
2
Trumpet
2nd doubling piccolo trumpet
2
Trombone
1
Tuba
3
Percussion
vibraphone, 3 marimbas
2
Violin
2
Violin II
3
Viola
3
Cello
2
Piano
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