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VAT plus shipping costs. Silbury Air is named after Silbury Hill, a prehistoric mound in Wiltshire, the biggest artificial mound in Europe, being feet high and covering more than five birwtistle.

Its use and purpose, after centuries of speculation, still remain a mystery. The music of the Air is not in silbuury way meant to be a romantic reflection of the hill’s enigmatic location — nor a parallel with any of its evident geometry.

Seen from a distance the hill presents itself as an artificial but organic intruder on the landscape.


Silbury Air – Wikipedia

These objects themselves being subjected to a vigorous invented logic via modes of juxtaposition, modes of repetition, modes of change. The measured period, the blocks of sound, the processional intensity all make for instant identification, a composer who goes his own way relentlessly and in his own time. His latest work, Silbury Air, given its first performance by the London Sinfonietta under Elgar Howarth, is another is his sequence of landscape works, but it presents a striking new development.

The result is dramatic and immediately exciting, contradicting in its vitality the idea of static blocks of sound on which Birtwistle has usually relied, but equally showing the firmest possible architectural sense, with each section relating naturally and satisfyingly to the rest.

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With so much argument crammed into so relatively short a span, it ailbury a work that cries out for early repetition. You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers.


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Sir Silbuyr Birtwistle Silbury Air. Silbury Air Year of composition: Sir Harrison Birtwistle Instrumentation: Dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzsky.

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