Monthly Archives: May 2013

Listening to Britten – The Moth

(c) Brian Hogwood The Moth – song for bass and piano (19-20 January 1931, Britten aged 17) Dedication not known Text Walter de la Mare Language English Duration Background and Critical Reception John Bridcut is the author to make the … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Three Character Pieces

(c) Brian Hogwood Three Character Pieces for piano (16 September – 27 December 1930, Britten aged 17) 1 John 2 Daphne 3 Michael Dedication not explicitly stated Duration 7′ Background and Critical Reception A collection of three short portraits of … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Rondo Concertante

Royal College of Music, 1930 – image courtesy of Britten 100 Rondo Concertante for piano and strings (6 – 13 October 1930, Britten aged 16) 1 Allegro molto 2 Lento Dedication not known Duration 15′ Background and Critical Reception The … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – I Saw Three Ships (The Sycamore Tree)

Wimborne Minster window detail (c) Ben Hogwood I Shaw Three Ships (The Sycamore Tree) – for unaccompanied choir (12-13 September 1930, Britten aged 16) Dedication ‘Imo’ (Imogen Holst) (1967 revision) Text Traditional Language English Duration 2’30” Background and Critical Reception … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Two Portraits for strings

(c) Brian Hogwood Two Portraits for strings (19 August – 10 September 1930, Britten aged 16) Dedication David Layton (no.1), Self-portrait (no.2) Duration 15′ Background and Critical Reception Like many of the early Britten works under scrutiny here, the Two … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Movement for wind sextet

(c) Ben Hogwood Movement for wind sextet (5 May – 7 August 1930, Britten aged 16) Dedication not known Instrumentation flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, bassoon Duration 8′ Background and Critical Reception A combination rarely heard in Britten’s output, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Chamber Music V

(c) Ben Hogwood Chamber Music V – song for soprano (or tenor) and piano (28 July – 3 August 1930, Britten aged 16) Dedication Paul Azor-Smith (a school friend at Gresham’s) Text James Joyce Language English Duration 1’20” Background and … Continue reading

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