Sir Harrison Birtwistle (1934-2022)

Earth Dances (1985 -1986)

for orchestra

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1985 - 1986
    • Duration : 38 mn
    • Editor : Universal Edition
    • Commission: BBC
Detailed formation
  • 3 flutes (also 2 piccolos, 1 alto flute), 3 oboes (also 1 English horn), 3 clarinets (also 2 Eb clarinets, 1 bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (also 2 contrabassoons), 4 horns, 4 trumpets (also 1 piccolo trumpet), 4 trombones, 2 tubas, 5 percussionists, 2 harp, piano, 30 violins, 9 violas, 9 cellos, 9 double basses

Creation information

  • Date : 14 March 1986
    Location :

    Royaume-Uni, Londres, Royal Festival Hall


    Performers :

    L'Orchestre symphonique de la BBC, direction : Peter Eötvös.