Dirty Beasts

Dirty Beasts : Score and parts

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for speaker, piano, and wind quintet
This deliciously gruesome but immediately accessible work sets three verses by the master of the macabre, Roald Dahl. The witty and grotesque events depicted in the poems are admirably complemented by the eccentric humour of Butler's music.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 88 pages
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193557533
  • 9780193557536

Review quote

'The Pig', 'The Tummy Beast' and 'The Crocodile' are narrated in Martin Butler's work for chamber orchestra and narrator, which was recently recorded by Simon Callow and the New London Chamber Ensemble. Humorous snuffling sounds from a bass clarinet represent aThe Piga, while 'The Crocodile' snaps and bites. This is a piece to savour in all its witty glory. * classical-music.com, 13 September 2016 * Butler also has a real sense of humour. Listeners who find works for actor and ensemble intrinsically anomalous (and may blench at the prospect of three macabre verses by Roald Dahl treated to a 'modern' musical backdrop) will find no sense of condescension or complexification here . . . Dirty Beasts should entertain children of all ages. I just wish there were more of them. * David Gutman, Gramophone, June 2016 *
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Table of contents

The Pig ; The Tummy Beast ; The Crocodile
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About Martin Butler

Martin Butler was born in Romsey, England, in 1960 and studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1983 he received a Fulbright Award for study at Princeton University, USA, where he was resident until 1987. From 1998-1999 Martin was Composer-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in the United States. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Sussex.
Butler's works are widely performed and broadcast both in the UK and abroad.
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