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In the head the fire (radiophonic music)

by Nigel Butterley (1966)

In the head the fire


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In the head the fire / Nigel Butterley.

Library shelf no. Q 782.5522/BUT 2 [Available for loan]

In the head the fire


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In the head the fire / Nigel Butterley.

Library shelf no. Q 782.5522/BUT 1 [Available for loan]

Work Details

Year: 1966

Instrumentation: Tenor, baritone, male speaker, SATB choir, organ (doubling portative organ), piano, 2 piccolos (1 doubling flute), recorders (descant, treble, tenor, bass), 2 clarinets (1 doubling bass clarinet), 2 oboes (1 doubling cor anglais), 2 bassoons (1 doubling contrabassoon), 3 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, timpani, percussion, reverberation.

Duration: 29 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by ABC Radio.. Commissioned for entry in the Italia Prize (Prix Italia) for radio, 1966

Winner of the music section of the 1966 Italia Prize (Prix Italia).

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
1966 Prix Italia Winner Nigel Butterley


Resonate article: Nigel Butterley and the Problem that Wasn’t by Elliott Gyger

Resonate article: Australian radio art broadcast in the UK by Australian Music Centre

Resonate article: Butterley's work included in 'Sounds of Australia' by Australian Music Centre

Performances of this work

31 Oct 2015: at Arcko Symphonic Ensemble (Iwaki Auditorium).

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Samples on 'Sounds of Australia' website

Posted by Anni Heino on 2 July, 2012

Unfortunately we don't seem to have a recording at the AMC - but you can access the work on the ABC Classic FM's Classic amp website (http://www.abc.net.au/classic/australianmusic/stories/s2937532.htm), and several samples are also available on the National Film & Sound Archive's 'Sounds of Australia' website here: http://aso.gov.au/titles/radio/in-the-head-the-fire/


Sound Recording of Butterley's "in the Head The Fire."

Posted by lamp.edusa65@yahoo.co.uk on 30 June, 2012

Is there no sound recording