Gavin Bryars The Sinking Of The Titanic
Its members included Brian Enowhose Obscure Records label would subsequently release works by Bryars. In one of the label's first three releases, Eno's album Discreet MusicBryars conducted and co-arranged Three Variations on the Canon in D Major Gavin Bryars The Sinking Of The Titanic Johann Pachelbelwhich constitutes the second half of the album.
The ten short works were played on BBC Radio 3 without any introductory announcements, and Bryars has said that he hoped Gavin Bryars The Sinking Of The Titanic would appear to the listener in a similar way to the shipping forecastboth mysterious and accepted without question.
Bryars has written many other works, including five operas, and many instrumental pieces, among them three string quartets and several concertos. He has also written a large body of vocal and choral music for groups such as the Hilliard Ensemblethe Latvian Radio Choirthe Estonian National Men's Choir, Red Byrd, Trio MediaevalSinger Purand The Crossing, and has written a great deal for early music performers including six books of madrigals and a collection of more than 47 "laude".
Bryars founded the music department at Leicester Polytechnic now De Montfort Universityand was Professor of Music there for several years.
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Streams Videos All Posts. Genre Avant-Garde Classical. Recording Location Chateau D'Eau. Track Listing. I suppose I was feet away when the Titanic Gavin Bryars The Sinking Of The Titanic her nose, with her after-quartet sticking straight up in the air, began to settle - slowly How they ever did it I cannot imagine. That, and the way Phillips the senior wireless operator kept sending after the Captain told him his life was his own, and to look out for himself, are two things that stand out in my mind over all the rest.
Bryars imagined that the sound would continue to reverberate as it disappeared under the waves. Writing inBryars said "the music goes through a number of different states, reflecting an implied slow descent to the ocean bed which give a range of echo and deflection phenomena, allied to considerable high frequency reduction".
The work dates back towhen Bryars wrote a short piece for Unknown Artist Extended Love 1 exhibition in support of art students at Portsmouth. Bryars frequently participated in the Music Now series of concerts organised by Victor Schonfield in London in the early s, usually with pianist John Tilbury. Bryars created a more traditional score for the work and used the Episcopal hymn Autumn as the basis of the work, based on the testimony of wireless operator Gavin Bryars The Sinking Of The Titanic Bride, although there was some discussion that it may have been actually Aughton that was heard.
Bryars incorporated fragments of Aughton and other tunes reportedly heard on the ship. Other performances have included New York 's Guggenheim Museuma Belgian art-nouveau swimming pool and a Huddersfield nightclub. The work has been described as an "indeterminate" and "open work", which has changed as new information on the disaster comes to light.
Inthe centennial year of Charmels Emotions As Long As Ive Got You disaster, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Philip Jeck and artists Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder presented a series of concerts with accompanying archival film images of the Titanic synched live to the music.
The work was first recorded in when it became the first release on Brian Eno 's Obscure Records. It was subsequently rerecorded in a much longer version in A third version was released in in a collaboration with Philip Jeck and Alter Ego. John and Steve Beresford. Eno remained an enthusiastic champion of Bryars' work and had even moved into his flat in Kilburn when he left.
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