Birtwistle’s Shortest Composition?
The Ivor Novello Awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London last week.
Harrison Birtwistle, the 71 year old British modernist composer, was there to collect the 2006 Classical Music Award.
He listened to Damon Albarn, KT Tunstall, New Order, the Kaiser Chiefs, the Arctic Monkeys, the Bee Gees and James Blunt (Bee Gee Barry Gibb said: We like James Blunt. He sounds like us.) before going on stage to accept his award.
Why is your music so effing loud? Birtwistle asked. You must all be brain dead. Maybe you are: I didn’t know so many cliches existed until the last half-hour. Have fun. Goodbye.
Later, he added: I`ve nothing against pop music, I`ve just discovered Roy Orbison, he`s a real singer.
I reckon it was the James Blunt song that did his head in.