Opening of the Mouth

Richard Barrett

Year

1992-1997


Duration

80'


Movements

consisting of the following overlapping/intercut sections:
1. Landschaft mit Urnenwesen; 2. Engführung (I) - incorporates abglanzbeladen/auseinandergeschrieben and CHARON; 3. Largo; 4. Schneebett; 5. Zungenentwurzeln; 6. Tenebrae; 7. Engführung (II) - incorporates knospend-gespaltener, air, von hinter dem Schmerz


Instrumentation

soprano, mezzo-soprano - flute(s), clarinet(s), percussion, mandolin (=mandola), 12-string guitar (=electric guitar, 10-string guitar), koto(=jushichigen), violin (=viola, hardanger fiddle), violoncello - sampler


Genre

Guitar in the Ensemble


Text/Libretto

Paul Celan


Commission

The Festival of Perth


Premiere

Perth, Australia, 3 March 1997: Elision Ensemble, Simon Hewett (cond.)


Publisher

United Music Publishers Ltd


Tuning

10-strings


Source

composer homepage; UMP website; Barrett correspondence;