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The Pierrot ensembles : chronicle and catalogue 1912-2012

Author: Christopher Dromey; Christopher Wintle
Publisher: London : Plumbago Books : in association with Middlesex University ; Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, N.Y. : Distribution and sales, Boydell & Brewer, 2012.
Series: Poetics of music.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"2012 is the centenary of the first performance of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21, and over the last hundred years its mixed chamber ensemble has become, in all its protean forms, a principal line-up for modern music. This book, the first of its kind, chronicles the ensemble's evolution from Pierrot's earliest performances, monitoring its influence on the Continent as well as upon Walton, Britten,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bibliography
Named Person: Arnold Schoenberg; Arnold Schoenberg; Peter Maxwell Davies; Harrison Birtwistle
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Dromey; Christopher Wintle
ISBN: 9780956600738 0956600735
OCLC Number: 820123730
Notes: Edited by Christopher Wintle.
Description: xii, 299 pages : illustrations, music ; 23 cm.
Contents: Pierrot lunaire --
The first Pierrot ensembles. Arnold Schoenberg as conductor and composer ; Pierrot's progenies? ; PIerrot's premieres and revivals, 1921-25 --
Benjamin Britten's Pierrot ensembles. Benjamin Britten : a cinematic response (I) ; Dinner house ; Men behind the meters --
"Freak" works. Music-making in Britain during the war ; The Pierrot and Façade ensembles --
Two twelve-note Pierrot ensembles. Hanns Eisler : a cinematic response (II) ; Elisabeth Luytens's mask --
Rejuvenating post-war performance. Humphrey Searle's Society for Twentieth Century Music, 1952 ; The London Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Ensemble --
The Pierrot players. Redefining the young British composer ; Toward the Pierrot Players ; Harrison Birtwistle's experiment ; Peter Maxwell Davies's success ; "A garland for Dr. K", 1969 --
Rethinking Birtwistle's role. Birtwistle and the group ethos ; "Spring song", 1970 --
The Fires of London. Peter Maxwell Davies : two cinematic responses (III/IV) ; Toward an orcadian Pierrot ensemble --
Epilogue --
Catalogue of Pierrot Ensembles, 1912-2012.
Series Title: Poetics of music.
Responsibility: Christopher Dromey.

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The evolution of the mixed chamber ensemble of Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire and the growth of the Fires of London, one of the most galvanizing groups in modern music.  Read more...

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