Category Archives: Choral

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 – Sweet was the song

View across inside of Culross Abbey. (c) Ben Hogwood Sweet was the song – carol for women’s voices (SSAA), unaccompanied (April 1966, Britten aged 52) Dedication not known Text William Ballet’s lute book Language English Duration 3′ Background and Critical … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Voices for Today, Op.75

Flag of the United Nations. Used courtesy of Wikipedia Voices for Today, Op.75 – anthem for chorus (men, women and children) with ad libitum accompaniment for organ (July 1965, Britten aged 51) Dedication Commissioned by the Secretary-General of the United … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Fancie

Serin (c) Graham Catley, whose rather wonderful blog Pewit can be found here Fancie for unison voices with piano (May 1965, Britten aged 51) Dedication Marion (Harewood) Thorpe Text William Shakespeare Language English Duration 1’10” Background and Critical Reception The … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The twelve apostles

The Synaxis of the holy and the most praiseworthy Twelve Apostles (14th century). Photo courtesy of Wikipedia The twelve apostles for tenor, unison chorus and piano (between March and May 1962, Britten aged 48) Dedication not known Text Traditional Language … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – A Hymn of St Columba

Window in Culross Abbey. Photo (c) Ben Hogwood A Hymn of St Columba – Regis Regum Rectissimi for choir (SATB) and organ (29 December 1962, Britten aged 49) Dedication for Derek Hill Text Attributed to St Columba Language Latin Duration … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – King Herod and the Cock

Study of a Cockerel by Henry Morley. Photo (c) The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum King Herod and the Cock for unison voices and piano (3 May 1962, Britten aged 48) Dedication not known Text Traditional Language English Duration … Continue reading

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