Harrison Birtwistle Studies

10 April 2015

A new collection of essays, edited by Drs David Beard, Kenneth Gloag, and Nicholas Jones, has just been published in celebration of one of the key figures in European contemporary music.

Harrison Birtwistle Studies extends scholarly understanding of the composer through new engagements with the man and the music. Representing current research on Birtwistle's music, the collection reflects the diversity of his work in terms of periods, genres, forms, techniques and related issues through a wide-range of critical, theoretical and analytical interpretations and perspectives.

The editors join a team of international scholars in contributing essays to the collection. Their essays are:

  • Birtwistle's 'eloquently gestural music' (Dr Kenneth Gloag, Reader in Musicology)
  • 'The life of my music': what the sketches tell us (Dr David Beard, Senior Lecturer)
  • The sound of Raasay: Birtwistle's Hebridean experience (Dr Nicholas Jones, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning).

Dr Beard has also compiled a selected inventory of Birtwistle manuscripts acquired by the British Library in 2013 as an appendix to the collection.

Harrison Birtwistle Studies is published by Cambridge University Press.