Category Archives: Choir and orchestra

Listening to Britten – Praise We Great Men

Flintham by John Piper, 1977. (c) The Piper Estate. Image used courtesy of Tate Praise We Great Men, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, chorus (SATB) and orchestra (July-October 1976, orchestrated by Colin Matthews. Britten aged 62) Dedication Written for Mstislav … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Welcome Ode, Op.95

Three Portrait Studies of Her Majesty The Queen by Edward Seago. Photo (c) Estate of Edward Seago courtesy of Portland Gallery, London Welcome Ode, Op.95, for young people’s chorus (SAB, with optional T) and orchestra (19 August 1976, approved by … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The National Anthem

The Arrival of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh by Edward Seago. Photo (c) Estate of Edward Seago courtesy of Portland Gallery, London The National Anthem, arranged for chorus (double SATB) and orchestra (17 August 1961, revised … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Cantata misericordium, Op.69

Parable of the Good Samaritan (1690) by Jan Wijnants. Photo used courtesy of Wikipedia Cantata misericordium, Op.69 for tenor and baritone solos, small chorus and string quartet, string orchestra, piano, harp and timpani (ca July 1963, Britten aged 49) Dedication … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Psalm 150, Op.67

Window from Culross Abbey. Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Psalm 150, Op.67 for four part chorus, 2 treble instruments, bass instrument, percussion and keyboard. Optional parts, transposed if necessary for clarinets, trumbet, horn, trombone and viola (1 May 1962, Britten aged … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – War Requiem, Op.66

Detail of a picture by Jane Mackay. Used with grateful thanks to the artist, whose artwork – much of which is in response to Britten’s music – can be viewed on her Sounding Art website. War Requiem, Op.66 – for … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Cantata Academica, Carmen Basiliense, Op.62

Old University Basel. Photo (c) Herbert Glarner, used courtesy of Wikipedia Cantata Academica, Carmen Basiliense, Op.62 – for soprano, contralto, tenor and bass solos, chorus and orchestra (September 1959, Britten aged 45) Part 1 1 Corale 2 Alla rovesco 3 … Continue reading

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