Category Archives: Choral

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 – Sacred and Profane, Op.91

Detail of painting (c) Brian Hogwood Sacred and Profane, Op.91 – Eight medieval lyrics for unaccompanied voices (SSATB) (December 1974 – January 1975, Britten aged 61) 1 St Godrick’s hymn (mid 12th century) 2 I mon waxe wod (later 13th … 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 – A Children’s Crusade, Op.82

The Save The Children logo A Children’s Crusade, Op.82 – a ballad for children’s voices and orchestra (a large array of percussion, two pianos and electronic or chamber organ) (January 1969, Britten aged 53) Dedication To Hans Werner Henze Also, … 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 – 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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