Behind the Mask Perspectives on the Music of Harrison Birtwistle (1987)

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  • Behind the Mask: Reflections on the Music of Harrison Birtwh Istle Alternative
  • Yan Tan Tethera Alternative
  • Down by the Greenwood Side Alternative
  • Punch and Judy Alternative
  • Harrison Birtwistle Alternative


Documentary on Harrison Birtwistle's life and his opera "The Mask of Orpheus". Extracts from the work, which took 11 years to write and was technically the most complicated production ever mounted in Britain, are performed by the English National Opera. The film includes the only footage of the opera's premiere and a performance of the specially composed work "The Artifax Postage Stamp".

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