Monthly Archives: January 2013

Foundations – Britten and J.S.Bach

As we run through Britten’s work a more explicit link with the music of Bach may become clear, but at the time of writing the extent of the German composer’s influence on his music is difficult to fully determine. What … Continue reading

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Foundations – Britten and Purcell

Purcell is regarded by many to be the composer from whom Britten took the biggest musical influence. In his output, Britten used the theme of the ‘Rondeau’ from Abdelazer as the basis for The Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra, … Continue reading

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Foundations

As the voyage through Britten’s work begins, one of the fascinating aspects of the listening will be trying to discern what, if anything, he draws from other composers. From limited experience thus far, and from the writings of others, it … Continue reading

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Setting The Scene – English music in the year of Britten’s birth

Before embarking on its voyage through all of Britten’s works, Good Morning Britten has a look at the musical climate in England in the year of the composer’s birth, 1913. It was to be quite a year for music internationally, … Continue reading

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Britten through the eyes of…Edward Higginbottom

Conductor Edward Higginbottom has recorded Britten’s sacred choral music for the Choir of New College Oxford label Novum. In the course of our interview he spoke about the challenges of conducting and performing Britten, and cast his mind back to the … Continue reading

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Britten through the eyes of…Alban Gerhardt

Cellist Alban Gerhardt’s new recordings of Britten’s cello music have just been released on Hyperion. In a refreshingly frank discussion he shared his views of the composer, talked about the demands the cello music places on the performer, and suggested … Continue reading

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Welcome to Team BB

Welcome to Good Morning Britten, a year-long blog that looks to examine all the works of Benjamin Britten in this, the centenary year of his birth. By doing this the aim is to gain a better understanding of the composer, … Continue reading

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