Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas!

Britten at the Red House. Image courtesy of Britten 100 Merry Christmas, and a happy new year…and a very big thank you for following and reading this blog! We shall resume again in January with The Prodigal Son, working through … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Suite for solo cello no.2, Op.80

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Suite for solo cello no.2, Op.80 (August 1967, Britten aged 53) Dedication For Slava Duration 22′ 1 Declamato 2 Fuga 3 Scherzo 4 [untitled} 5 Ciaccona Audio Clips from the first recording of the suite, made … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Oxen

Plowing with Oxen Teams (1866) by William Watson, used courtesy of the MSOE website The Oxen, carol for women’s voices (two parts) and piano (19 April 1967, Britten aged 53) Dedication For Cecily Smithwick and the East Coker W.I. Text … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Building of the House, Op.79

Britten with Pears at Snape Maltings. Photo by Hans Wild, used courtesy of http://www.britten100.org The Building of the House, overture for orchestra with or without chorus, Op.79 (January – 16 March 1967) Dedication For the opening of The Maltings Concert … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Choral Dances from Gloriana

‘Take that you wastrel!’ – Gloriana by Jane Mackay, her personal response to the music. Used with many thanks to the artist, whose work can be viewed on her own website Sounding Art Choral Dances from Gloriana for tenor solo, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Golden Vanity, Op.78

Image of score courtesy of The Open Doorway website The Golden Vanity, Op.78 – a vaudeville for boys and piano after the old English ballad (26 August 1966, Britten aged 52) Dedication Fur die Wiener S√§ngerknaben Text Colin Graham Language … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77

Design for East Window of the Chapel of St. John’s Hospital, Lichfield by John Piper (1960s). (c) The Piper Estate The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77, a second parable for church performance (October 1965 – 5 April 1966, Britten aged 52) … Continue reading

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