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Sir Harrison Birtwistle (born 15 July 1934) is a British composer.

Harrison Birtwistle was born in Accrington, a mill town in Lancashire some 20 miles north of Manchester. His interest in music was encouraged by his mother, who bought him a clarinet when he was seven, and arranged for him to have lessons with the local bandmaster. He became proficient enough to play in the local military-style band, and also played in the orchestra that accompanied Gilbert and Sullivan productions and the local choral society's performances of Messiah. Birtwistle composed from around this time, later describing his early pieces as "sub Vaughan Williams".

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Recent Birtwistle releases

Shaping the Century Vol.2: 1950-2000
Shaping the Century Vol.2: 1950-2000

£99.95

(Deutsche Grammophon)

Stravinsky - The Soldier’s Tale
Stravinsky - The Soldier’s Tale

£12.95

(Linn)

Britannia: Music by 20th- & 21st-century British composers
Britannia: Music by 20th- & 21st-century British composers

£12.95

(Cybele)

Arditti String Quartet: Gifts and Greetings
Arditti String Quartet: Gifts and Greetings

£13.50

(Winter & Winter)

Birtwistle - Slow Frieze, Antiphonies, Panic, Crowd
Birtwistle - Slow Frieze, Antiphonies, Panic, Crowd

£13.50

(Metronome)