Monthly Archives: March 2013

Listening to Britten – Rhapsody for string quartet

Farfield House, Gresham’s, Holt, 1929 (Benjamin Britten front left) – image courtesy of http://www.britten100.org Rhapsody for string quartet in F major (28 January – 6 February 1929, Britten aged 15) Dedication not known Duration 7′ Background and Critical Reception With … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Quatre chansons françaises

(c)Brian Hogwood Quatre chansons françaises – songs for high voice and orchestra (June – August 1928, Britten aged 14; edited by Colin Matthews and published 1982) 1 Nuits de juin (Hugo) Lento e molto rubato 2 Sagesse (Verlaine) Lento ma … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Dans Le Bois

(c)Ben Hogwood Dans Le Bois – song for voice and piano (18 June 1928, Britten aged 14) Dedication A Mlle Raymonde Chevillard Text Gerard de Nerval Language French Duration 1’45” Background and Critical Reception Britten’s first published setting in French … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – String Quartet in F major

Painting (c) Brian Hogwood String Quartet in F major (2-11 April 1928, Britten aged 14) 1 Allegro vivace e con brio 2 Andante 3 Allegro vivace 4 Allegro molto Dedication not known Duration 22′ Background and Critical Reception We skip … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – some early thoughts

Seagull, (c) Ben Hogwood I’ll be honest – so far, starting the ‘Listening To Britten’ series has been a bit more difficult than I expected. Part of the problem is knowing the big hitters that lie ahead, and all the … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Lucy

South Pier, Lowestoft – image courtesy of the Malcolm R. White website http://www.maritimelowestoft.co.uk Lucy – song for voice and piano (5 December 1926, Britten aged 13) Dedication Mrs R.V. Britten (Britten’s mother) Text William Wordsworth Language English Duration 1’25” Background … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Virtue in Deeds Not Words

Oulton Broad Pleasure Steamer – image courtesy of the Malcolm R. White website http://www.maritimelowestoft.co.uk Virtue in Deeds Not Words – song for voice and piano (1926, Britten aged 13) Dedication not known Text Philip James Bailey Language English Duration 1’10” … Continue reading

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