Monthly Archives: October 2013

Listening to Britten – The Little Sweep, Op.45

Let’s Make An Opera – a picture of the production made by the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and artists for Arthaus. Photo credit not known The Little Sweep the opera from Let’s make an opera, an entertainment for young … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Beggar’s Opera, Op.43

Painting of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, Act 5 by William Hogarth The Beggar’s Opera, Op.43 – A ballad-opera by John Gay (1728) realized from the original airs (December 1947 – May 1948, Britten aged 34) Dedication James Lawrie (Board … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Saint Nicolas, Op.42

The Story of St. Nicholas: Giving Dowry to Three Poor Girls by Fra Angelico (1448) Saint Nicolas, Op.42 – cantata for tenor solo, chorus (SATB), semi-chorus (SA), four boy singers and string orchestra, piano duet, percussion and organ (December 1947 … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Purcell: Job’s curse

Galliard – Gloriana by Jane Mackay – her visual response to Britten’s music, used with many thanks to the artist. Jane Mackay’s Sounding Art website can be found here Job’s curse, Z191, also known as Let the night perish – … Continue reading

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Britten through the eyes of…Julius Drake

Photo (c) Sim Canetty-Clarke Can you remember your first encounter with Britten’s music? I think my first encounter with Britten’s music must have been when I went to play on the Britten-Pears courses. I actually went to play as part … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – A Charm of Lullabies, Op.41

Yarnton Monument by John Piper (1947-8) (c) the John Piper Estate A Charm of Lullabies, Op.41 – for mezzo-soprano and piano (November – 17 December 1947, Britten aged 34) 1 A Cradle Song (William Blake) 2 The Highland Balou (Robert … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Men of Goodwill

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Men of Goodwill – Variations on a Christmas Carol (‘God rest ye merry, gentlemen’) for orchestra (pre 18 December 1947, Britten aged 34) Dedication unknown Duration 8′ Background and Critical Reception John Bridcut writes that Britten’s … Continue reading

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