Category Archives: Chamber or string orchestra

Listening to Britten – Variation on an Elizabethan Theme

The Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II Variation on an Elizabethan Theme for string orchestra (January 1953, Britten aged 29) – part of Variations on an Elizabethan Theme, a multi-composer work: Theme – Byrd, arr. Imogen Holst Variation 1: Allegro … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Prelude and Fugue, Op.29

(c) Brian Hogwood Prelude and Fugue for 18-part string orchestra, Op.29 (May 1943, Britten aged 29) Dedication To Boyd Neel and his orchestra, on the occasion of their 10th birthday, 23 June 1943 Duration 9′ Audio clip: using Britten’s own … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Frühlingsnacht

(c) Ben Hogwood Frühlingsnacht – arrangement of Schumann’s song, Op.39 no.12, for voice and orchestra (June 1942, Britten aged 28) Text Joseph Eichendorff Dedication not known Duration 1’30” Background and Critical Reception Another arrangement of Britten’s for voice and small … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Die forelle

Rainbow trout, courtesy of Wikipedia Die forelle (The trout) – arrangement of Schubert’s song, D550, for voice and orchestra (June 1942, Britten aged 28) Text Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart Dedication not known Duration 4′ Background and Critical Reception The date … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – What the wild flowers tell me

(c) Ben Hogwood What the wild flowers tell me (arrangement of second movement of Mahler’s Symphony no.3 for reduced orchestra) (September – pre 9 December 1941, Britten aged 28) Dedication not known Duration 10′ Background and Critical Reception Mahler’s stock … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10

Britten and Frank Bridge, picture courtesy of the Britten-Pears Foundation Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 (5 June – 12 July 1937, Britten aged 23) Introduction and theme Variation 1: Adagio Variation 2: March Variation 3: Romance Variation … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Simple Symphony, Op.4

(c) Brian Hogwood Simple Symphony, Op.4 for string orchestra or string quartet (23 Dec 1933 – 10 Feb 1934, Britten aged 20) 1 Boisterous Bourrée 2. Playful Pizzicato 3. Sentimental Sarabande 4. Frolicsome Finale Dedication Audrey Alston (Mrs Lincolne Sutton) … Continue reading

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