Paul Griffiths (writer)

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Paul Anthony Griffiths OBE (born 24 November 1947) is a British music critic, novelist and librettist.wikipedia
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What Next? (opera)

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He is particularly noted for his writings on modern classical music and for having written the libretti for two 20th century operas, Tan Dun's Marco Polo and Elliott Carter's What Next?.
Paul Griffiths wrote the libretto to the one-act work in 1997/98 on a commission from Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.

Tan Dun

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He is particularly noted for his writings on modern classical music and for having written the libretti for two 20th century operas, Tan Dun's Marco Polo and Elliott Carter's What Next?. Griffiths's libretto for Tan Dun's Marco Polo was his first for an opera by a living composer.
Tan Dun's second work in the genre, Marco Polo (1996), set to a libretto by Paul Griffiths, is an opera within an opera.

The Jewel Box

Griffiths's first excursion as an opera librettist was The Jewel Box which used music from Mozart's unfinished operas Lo sposo deluso and L'oca del Cairo as well as several arias and ensembles that he had written for insertion into operas by other composers.
The Jewel Box is a pasticcio opera constructed by Paul Griffiths out of various pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Marco Polo (opera)

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Griffiths's libretto for Tan Dun's Marco Polo was his first for an opera by a living composer.
Marco Polo is an opera by the Chinese-born composer Tan Dun set to an English libretto by Paul Griffiths.

Lo sposo deluso

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Griffiths's first excursion as an opera librettist was The Jewel Box which used music from Mozart's unfinished operas Lo sposo deluso and L'oca del Cairo as well as several arias and ensembles that he had written for insertion into operas by other composers.
In 1991, the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death, Opera North premièred The Jewel Box, a pasticcio opera devised by Paul Griffiths.

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The Jewel Box premiered in 1991 in Nottingham performed by Opera North and conducted by Elgar Howarth.
The Jewel Box (Mozart, arranged by Paul Griffiths) (1991)

Constrained writing

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Griffiths's most recent novel, let me tell you (2008), uses a constrained writing technique similar to those employed by the avant-garde Oulipo group.
let me tell you (2008), a novel by the Welsh writer Paul Griffiths, uses only the words allotted to Ophelia in Hamlet.

Commonwealth Foundation prizes

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In 1989, Griffiths published his first novel, Myself and Marco Polo: A Novel of Changes, which went on to win the 1990 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the best first novel in the Europe and South Asia region.

Ophelia

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In let me tell you, Ophelia tells her story in a first-person narrative devised by Griffiths using only the 481 word vocabulary given to her in Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Ophelia, in Paul Griffiths' novel let me tell you (2008), is a derivative of Shakespeare's character who tells her story in her own words, in the literal sense that she can use only the words she is given in the play. She speaks of her childhood, of her parents and brother, of Hamlet, and of events leading up to the point at which the play begins.

Hans Abrahamsen

More directly connected to the novel is a concert work by Hans Abrahamsen, also titled let me tell you and composed for Barbara Hannigan with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, who gave the first performance on 20 December 2013, Andris Nelsons conducting.
Abrahamsen's let me tell you, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra based on the novella of the same name by Paul Griffiths, was premiered on 20 December 2013 by the Berlin Philharmonic, with soprano soloist Barbara Hannigan (to whom the work is dedicated), conducted by Andris Nelsons.

ECM Records

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The work was recorded in 2003 by ECM Records with Griffiths himself as the narrator.
Furthermore, he published the book Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM (2007) with music critic/novelist Paul Griffiths and made contributions to the books Sleeves of Desire: a Cover Story (1996), Windfall Light: The Visual Language of ECM (2010) and ECM - A Cultural Archaeology (2012).

Jean Barraqué

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The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraqué (Volume 25 of Eastman Studies in Music), University of Rochester Press, 2003. ISBN: 1-58046-141-7,
As Paul Griffiths' biography clarified, Boulez had in fact attempted to get the Barraqué Piano Sonata performed for some years after it was finished.

Olivier Messiaen

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Olivier Messiaen and the Music of Time, Faber & Faber, 2008. ISBN: 0-571-24732-6
Paul Griffiths observed that Messiaen was a more conscientious ornithologist than any previous composer, and a more musical observer of birdsong than any previous ornithologist.

Barbara Hannigan

More directly connected to the novel is a concert work by Hans Abrahamsen, also titled let me tell you and composed for Barbara Hannigan with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, who gave the first performance on 20 December 2013, Andris Nelsons conducting.
Hans Abrahamsen: let me tell you for soprano and orchestra, text by Paul Griffiths (writer), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Andris Nelsons conductor, Winter & Winter, 2016 - Awards: 2016 Grawemeyer Award (Music Composition); Gramophone Award Contemporary, 2016; Diapason d'Or 2016, Musique contemporaine; Edison Klassiek 2016, De ontdekking

Libretto

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Griffiths's first excursion as an opera librettist was The Jewel Box which used music from Mozart's unfinished operas Lo sposo deluso and L'oca del Cairo as well as several arias and ensembles that he had written for insertion into operas by other composers. Paul Anthony Griffiths OBE (born 24 November 1947) is a British music critic, novelist and librettist.

20th-century classical music

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He is particularly noted for his writings on modern classical music and for having written the libretti for two 20th century operas, Tan Dun's Marco Polo and Elliott Carter's What Next?.

Elliott Carter

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He is particularly noted for his writings on modern classical music and for having written the libretti for two 20th century operas, Tan Dun's Marco Polo and Elliott Carter's What Next?.

Bridgend

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Paul Griffiths was born in the Welsh town of Bridgend to Fred and Jeanne Griffiths.

Lincoln College, Oxford

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He received his BA and MSc in biochemistry from Lincoln College, Oxford, and from 1971 worked as a freelance music critic.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

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He joined the editorial staff of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians in 1973 and in 1982 became the chief music critic for The Times, a post which he held for ten years.

The Times

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He joined the editorial staff of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians in 1973 and in 1982 became the chief music critic for The Times, a post which he held for ten years.

The New Yorker

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From 1992 to 1996, he was a music critic for The New Yorker, and from 1997–2005, for The New York Times.

The New York Times

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From 1992 to 1996, he was a music critic for The New Yorker, and from 1997–2005, for The New York Times.

Monograph

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In 1978, he also began writing reference books and monographs on classical music and composers starting with Modern music: A Concise History from Debussy to Boulez and Boulez (Volume 16 of Oxford Studies of Composers). Although the majority of these publications have dealt with 20th-century composers and their music, he has also written more general works on classical music, including The String Quartet: A History (1985), The Penguin Companion to Classical Music (2005), and A Concise History of Western Music (2006).

IRCAM

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Griffiths has been a guest lecturer at institutions including the University of Southern California, IRCAM, Oxford University, Harvard University, Cornell University (Messenger Lectures, 2008) and the City University of New York Graduate Center (Old Lecture, 2013), and has served on juries for international competitions, among them the Premio Paolo Borciani and the ARD Musikwettbewerb.