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Titre : Written On Skin (Cased Score) (Hardback)
Éditeur : Faber Music Ltd
Date d'édition : 2013
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
Language: English . Brand New Book. N° de réf. du libraire FBM9780571537594
Synopsis : Following the enormous success of George Benjamin s first opera Into the Little Hill (2006), there has been huge anticipation in the musical world at the prospect of his first full-length work in this genre. After a period of intense work and isolation for Benjamin, his much-awaited new opera, Written on Skin, was premiered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival on 7 July 2012. A long standing ovation was the first of many marks of recognition and praise for this extraordinary work which has been hailed by critics as [one of] the best operas of the 21st century so far, the birth of a masterpiece. The opera is scored for 60 players, lasts 95 minutes and has a cast of five. An opera tour will be conducted throughout europe during 2013.
A propos de l'auteur: George Benjamin is one of the outstanding composers of his generation. Born in 1960, Benjamin started to play the piano at the age of seven, and began composing almost immediately. In 1976 he entered the Paris Conservatoire to study with Olivier Messiaen (composition) and Yvonne Loriod (piano), after which he studied under Alexander Goehr at King's College Cambridge. His first orchestral work, Ringed by the Flat Horizon, was played at the BBC Proms when he was just 20; since then it has achieved a remarkable international performance record, as have his two subsequent works, A Mind of Winter and At First Light. Antara was a commission from IRCAM to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pompidou centre in 1987. Benjamin conducted the first performances of Sudden Time at the first Meltdown Festival in 1993, and Three Inventions for Chamber Orchestra at the 75th Salzburg Festival in 1995. The centre-point of a large-scale portrait at the 2006 Festival d'Automne in Paris was his first operatic work, Into the Little Hill, a collaboration with the English playwright Martin Crimp, which has toured widely on both sides of the Atlantic with Ensemble Modern since its premiere and won the Royal Philharmonic Society s 2008 Award for Large-Scale Composition. It received its London premiere in a new production - a collaboration between the Opera Group and London Sinfonietta - at the Royal Opera House in February 2009, where it was revived in July 2010. His second operatic collaboration with Martin Crimp, Written on Skin, commissioned and premiered by the Aix en Provence festival (July 2012), will be subsequently presented in London, Amsterdam, Toulouse and Florence by the commissioning partners. It was greeted by universal acclaim and will now also be seen in Paris, Munich and Vienna. He has built up a close relationship with the Tanglewood Festival in America since his first appearance there in 1999. As a conductor he regularly appears with some of the world's leading ensembles and orchestras, amongst them the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, Cleveland and Concertgebouw orchestras and the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1999 he made his operatic debut conducting Pelléas et Mélisande at la Monnaie, Brussels; he has conducted numerous world premieres, including important works by Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin, Grisey and Ligeti and his repertoire stretches from Schumann to Knussen and from Wagner to Boulez. The founding curator of the Southbank s Meltdown Festival, George Benjamin was artistic consultant to the BBC s three-year retrospective of twentieth century music, Sounding the Century. He is a Chevalier dans l ordre des Arts et Lettres and is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. In 2010 he was awarded a CBE for his services to music. An honorary fellow of the Guildhall School, the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music, he was awarded the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester's first ever Schoenberg Prize for composition. He lives in London, and since 2001 has been the Henry Purcell Professor of Composition at King s College, London.
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