Category Archives: Film Score

Listening to Britten – The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34

Front cover of The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, as released on Decca London’s British Collection. Drawn by and (c) Andrew Davidson. The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34, also known as Variations and fugue on a theme … Continue reading

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Working at the Coal Face – Britten on Film and Radio

Night Mail (c) unknown With The Rescue and Britain in Wartime, which received its world premiere on 3 October, Listening to Britten nears the end of his music for film and radio – and of all the different forms of … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Way to the Sea

Painting (c) Brian Hogwood The Way to the Sea – Incidental music for commentator, flute, oboe, clarinets, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, harp and piano (1 – 15 December 1936, Britten aged 23) 1 Allegro: Introduction 2 Andante maestoso: Romans … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Love from a stranger

Image from Wikipedia Love from a stranger – Incidental music for orchestra (18 – 26 November 1936, Britten aged 23) 1 Title music 2 Traffic music 3 Brighton 4 Love music 5 Channel Crossing 6 End Titles Director Rowland V. … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Peace of Britain

John Piper: Nursery Frieze I & II, 1936 (c) The Piper Estate Peace of Britain – Incidental music for flute, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, piano and string quintet (2 violins, viola, cello and double bass) (17 – 19 March 1936, Britten … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Night Mail (a second listen)

Image from the BFI Appraised by Simon Thomas, author of The Theatre of Carlo Goldoni. Simon also writes for whatsonstage.com. He can be found on Twitter by clicking here Night Mail – Incidental music for speaker, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Night Mail

Image used with thanks to the British Postal Museum & Archive blog Night Mail – Incidental music for speaker, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, percussion (suspended cymbal, sandpaper, side drum, bass drum and wind machine), harp and string quartet (violin, viola, … Continue reading

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