Category Archives: Chamber music

Listening to Britten – Two pieces for violin and piano

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Two pieces for violin and piano (29-30 June 1931, Britten aged 17) 1 The Moon 2 Going down hill on a bicycle Dedication Remo Lauricella Duration 5′ Audio clips Clips of the new Naxos recording from … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Miniature Suite for string quartet

Britten (bottom left) and his class at Gresham’s School. Image courtesy of http://www.britten100.org” Miniature Suite for string quartet (26 January – 13 February 1929, Britten aged 15) 1 Novelette 2 Minuet 3 Romance 4 Gavotte Dedication not known Duration 10’30” … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Etude for solo viola

Gresham’s Senior Prep (c) Evelyn Simak Etude for solo viola (18 February 1929, Britten aged 15) Dedication not known Duration 2’30” Audio and Notation The notation for the Etude, together with a recording made by Henrietta Hill, can be found … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Valse in B major

The church of St Peter, Lowestoft, in the early 1920s. Photo used courtesy of the Suffolk Churches website Valse in B major for violin and piano (4 October 1925, Britten aged 11) Dedication not known Duration 2’30” Background and Critical … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Lachrymae, Op.48a

Marsh harrier (c) Graham Catley, whose rather wonderful blog Pewit can be found here Lachrymae: Reflections on a song of John Dowland op. 48a for viola and orchestra (16 May 1950, arranged February 1976, Britten aged 62) Dedication Cecil Aronowitz … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Tema ‘SACHER’

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Tema SACHER (5 January 1976, Britten aged 62) Dedication For Paul Sacher at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich Duration 1′ Audio The beginning of a recent recording of Tema SACHER made by Alban Gerhardt can be … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – String Quartet no.3, Op.94

(c) Brian Hogwood String Quartet No.3, Op.94 (October – 20 November 1975, Britten aged 61) 1 Duets: With moderate movement 2 Ostinato: Very fast 3 Solo: Very calm 4 Burlesque: Fast, con fuoco 5 Recitative and Passacaglia Dedication Hans Keller … Continue reading

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