Beauty and the beast: a conversation with Sir Harrison Birtwistle by ProQuest

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SIR HARRISON BIRTWISTLE'S new opera The minotaur, which will be premiered at Covent Garden on 15 April 2008, explores a familiar narrative from Greek mythology, the historical origins of which can be summarised as follows. [...] how do you get language into it? DB Well, you do that in the dream scenes, 'The Minotaur dreams', when the Minotaur sings text and laments his unnatural situation, rather than the incomprehensible noises that he roars elsewhere.

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