Bream, Birtwistle, and Beyond: The Genesis of a New Work


  • Jonathan Leathwood University of Denver



In this personal memoir, the author describes his five-year association with Julian Bream during the founding of the Julian Bream Trust. He charts the genesis of Harrison Birtwistle's work Beyond the White Hand and describes meetings with Bream and Birtwistle to discuss potential revisions to the guitar writing. Additional sections describe Bream's approach to working with composers, building concert programs, and his approach to interpretation in general.


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Biografia do Autor

Jonathan Leathwood, University of Denver

Jonathan Leathwood teaches guitar, music analysis, and the Alexander Technique at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, where he is Chair of Guitar. He gained his PhD at the University of Surrey and his B.Mus at King's College London. As a recitalist, he has appeared at Wigmore Hall (sponsored by the Julian Bream Trust), the Leo Brouwer Festival in Brazil, the Cheltenham Festival, and many other venues in Europe and on both American continents. His recordings of Goss, Dodgson, Malloy, and Keeley are available on the Cadenza and NMC labels. ORCID:


BIRTWISTLE, Harrison. Beyond the White Hand: Construction with Guitar Player (2013). Edited by Julian Bream. London: Boosey & Hawkes, 2019. Score, 24 pages. Guitar.

"”"”"”. Guitar and White Hand (2007). Performed by Forbes Henderson, guitar. August 17, 2011. Online: <>. Accessed December 28, 2020.

GERHARD, Robert. Fantasia (1957). London: Mills Music, 1964. Score, 3 pages. Guitar.

GOLLANCZ, Victor. Man and God: Passages Chosen and Arranged to Express a Mood about God and Man. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1951.

PALMER, Tony. Julian Bream: A Life on the Road. London and Sydney: Macdonald, 1982.

UMLAND, Anne. Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914. New York: Museum of Modern Art. 2011.




Como Citar

Leathwood, J. (2020). Bream, Birtwistle, and Beyond: The Genesis of a New Work. Revista Vórtex, 8(3), 1.53.



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