Monthly Archives: April 2013

Listening to Britten – Elegy for solo viola

(c) Brian Hogwood Elegy for solo viola (1 August 1930, Britten aged 16) Dedication not known Duration 7′ Background and Critical Reception The Elegy appears not to have been given a title by Britten when it was composed, one day … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – the early teens at Gresham’s

Gresham’s School, Holt The second part of the Britten listening project has seen the composer spread his wings stylistically and personally, as he moves into his teens and leaves home. There are still strong musical references to his favourite composers … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – A Hymn to the Virgin

Detail of window, Wimborne Minster ((c) Ben Hogwood) A Hymn To The Virgin – anthem for mixed voices (SATB double chorus), unaccompanied (9 July 1930, Britten aged 16) Dedication Not known Text Anon Language English Duration 3’00” Background and Critical … Continue reading

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Britten at the BBC Proms

(C) BBC, 2013 This is a big Proms year for Britten, and the very fact that in my interview with Roger Wright on this blog he was not able to reveal plans for the festival’s Britten centenary celebrations says much … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Quartettino for string quartet

(c) Brian Hogwood Quartettino (3 January – 17 April 1930, Britten aged 16) 1 Andante 2 Poco adagio ma con moto 3 Allegro molto vivace Dedication not known Duration 17′ Background and Critical Reception Paul Kildea goes to some length … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Reflection for viola and piano

(c) Ben Hogwood Reflection for viola and piano (11 – 12 April 1930, Britten aged 16) Background and Critical Reception First performed in 1995, the Reflection was written when Britten was 16 and still at Gresham’s. His technical command of … Continue reading

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Britten through the eyes of…Colin Matthews

The composer Colin Matthews worked as Benjamin Britten’s assistant in the final years of his life, and also worked with Deryck Cooke on his painstaking completion of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony. He has completed and / or orchestrated a number of … Continue reading

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