Monthly Archives: November 2013

Listening to Britten – The Minstrel Boy

Sir John Irwin, KB, reviewing Troops in Dublin (1782) by Francis Wheatley. photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London: (c) Francis Wheatley. Photo (c) Southampton City Art Gallery The Minstrel Boy (The Moreen) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 4 no.4 (Moore’s Irish Melodies)) … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – How sweet the answer

Seashore at Howth, Ireland (1782) by Francis Wheatley. Photo (c) Southampton City Art Gallery How sweet the answer (The Wren) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 4 no.3 (Moore’s Irish Melodies)) – folksong arrangement for high voice and piano (1957, Britten aged 43) … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Sail on, Sail on

George IV On Board the ‘Lightning’, the First Post Office Steam Packet to Dublin, 12 August 1821 by William John Huggins. Photo (c) National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London Sail On, Sail On (The Humming of the Ban) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Avenging and bright

Panoramic View of Dublin by Thomas Bate (attrib to), 1699. Photo (c) Number 1 Royal Crescent Avenging and bright (Crooghan A Venee) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 4 no.1 (Moore’s Irish Melodies)) – folksong arrangement for high voice and piano (1957, Britten … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Pas de Six (The Prince of the Pagodas), Op.57a

Image from the Royal Opera House production of The Prince of the Pagodas. (c) Royal Opera House 2012 Pas de Six (The Prince of the Pagodas), Op.57a – excerpt from the ballet for orchestra (early 1955 – Autumn 1956), Britten … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Prince of the Pagodas, Op.57

Britten and Pears on holiday in Bali, 1956. Image courtesy of http://www.britten100.org The Prince of the Pagodas, Op.57 – a ballet in three acts for orchestra (early 1955 – Autumn 1956), Britten aged 42) Dedication Britten’s assistant Imogen Holst and … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Heart of the Matter

Baptistry window by John Piper, at Coventry Cathedral Photo (c) Steve Cadman (from Wikipedia) The Heart of the Matter – for speaker, tenor voice, horn and piano (May 1956, Britten aged 42) Prologue – Fanfare: Where are the Seeds of … Continue reading

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