Monthly Archives: March 2013

Listening to Britten – The Joy of Grief

Britten in South Lodge, 1925 – image courtesy of http://www.britten100.org The Joy of Grief – song for voice and piano (1926, Britten aged 13) Dedication not known Text Alfred, Lord Tennyson Language English Duration 1’10” Background and Critical Reception Written … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Prithee

Pakefield Street, Lowestoft – image courtesy of the Malcolm R. White website http://www.maritimelowestoft.co.uk Prithee – song for voice and piano (1926, Britten aged 13) Dedication not known Text Sir John Suckling Language English Duration 1’50” Background and Critical Reception Prithee … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Of A’ The Airts The Wind Can Blaw

Waveney Dock – image courtesy of the Malcolm R. White website http://www.maritimelowestoft.co.uk Of A’ The Airts The Wind Can Blaw – song for voice and piano (1926, Britten aged 13) Dedication not known Text Robert Burns Language English Duration 1’10” … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – A Dirge

Net Drying in Lowestoft – image courtesy of the Malcolm R. White website http://www.maritimelowestoft.co.uk A Dirge – song for voice and piano (c1926, Britten aged 12) Dedication not known Text Percy Bysshe Shelley Language English Duration 1’15” Background and Critical … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Sonata for cello and piano (1926)

Cello, 2013 (c) Ben Hogwood Sonata for cello and piano in A major (17 April 1926, Britten aged 12) 1 Allegro molto 2 Andante ma poco presto 3 Presto Dedication not known Duration 8′ Background and Critical Reception The youthful … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Epitaph: The Clerk

Lowestoft Lowlight – image courtesy of the Malcolm R. White website http://www.maritimelowestoft.co.uk Epitaph: The Clerk – song for voice and piano (1926, Britten aged 12) (revised summer 1968) Dedication not known Text Herbert Asquith Language English Duration 1’00” Background and … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Five Waltzes

Britten playing cricket, c1925 – image courtesy of http://www.britten100.org Five Waltzes for piano (originally called Five Walztes) (March 1925, Britten aged 11) 1 Rather fast and nervous 2 Quick, with wit 3 Dramatic 4 Rhythmic, not fast 5 Variations: Quiet … Continue reading

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