Monthly Archives: May 2013

Poetry in Sound – Britten at the British Library

(C) BBC, 2013 The British Library is marking the Britten anniversary with a special exhibition. Poetry In Sound: The Music of Benjamin Britten opens tomorrow in the Library‚Äôs Folio Society Gallery, running from 31 May until 15 September. In that … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Phantasy Quintet in F minor

(c) Ben Hogwood Phantasy Quintet in F minor for two violins, two violas and cello (20 January – 25 February 1932, Britten aged 18) Dedication not known Duration 12′ Background and Critical Reception The Phantasy Quintet was one of Britten’s … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Plymouth Town

(c)Ben Hogwood Plymouth Town – ballet for small orchestra (12 August – 22 November 1931, Britten aged 17) Dedication not known Duration 26′ Background and Critical Reception Plymouth Town is Britten’s first stage work – and marks a watershed for … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Two Psalms

Wimborne Minster window detail (c) Ben Hogwood Two Psalms – for mixed choir and orchestra (8 July – 26 December 1931, Britten aged 17-18) 1 Psalm 130 (Out from the deep) 2 Psalm 150 (Praise ye the Lord) Dedication not … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – String Quartet in D major

(c) Brian Hogwood String Quartet in D major (8 May – 2 June 1931, Britten aged 17) 1 Allegro maestoso 2 Lento ed espressivo 3 Allegro giocoso Dedication not known Duration 19′ Background and Critical Reception Britten returns to the … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Twelve Variations on a Theme

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Twelve Variations on a Theme for piano (March – May 1931, Britten aged 17) Dedication unknown Duration 8’40” Background and Critical Reception The Variations are the first piano piece Britten wrote at the Royal College of … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Christ’s Nativity

Culross church window detail (c) Ben Hogwood Christ’s Nativity (also known as Thy King’s Birthday) – for soprano, contralto and double choir (13 January – 26 March 1931, Britten aged 17) 1 Christ’s nativity (Henry Vaughan) 2 Sweet was the … Continue reading

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