Category Archives: Piano

Listening to Britten – Night Piece (Notturno)

Painting (c) Brian Hogwood Night Piece (Notturno) for piano (ca April – May 1963, Britten aged 49) Dedication not known Duration 6′ Audio clips of the recording made by Michael Dussek. With thanks to Hyperion. Background and Critical Reception It … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Village Organist’s Piece

Organ, Wimborne Minster (c) Ben Hogwood Village Organist’s Piece (unfinished) for organ (ca1941, Britten aged 27) Dedication not known Duration 3′ Background and Critical Reception Completed by Colin Matthews, the Village Organist’s Piece is an almost complete mystery – and … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Sonatina Romantica

(c) Brian Hogwood Sonatina Romantica for piano (July 1940, Britten aged 26) 1 Moderato 2 Nocturne 3 Burlesque 4 Toccata Dedication Dr. William B. Titley Duration 7’30” Background and Critical Reception Only two movements of the Sonatina Romantica have been … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Prelude on ‘They Walk Alone’

A still from the film Daughter of Darkness Prelude on ‘They Walk Alone’ for organ (1938, Britten aged 24-25) Dedication not known Duration 3′ Background and Critical Reception Very little is known or documented about Britten’s incidental music for the … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Two Lullabies

(c) Ben Hogwood Two Lullabies for two pianos (10 – 16 March 1936, Britten aged 22) 1 Lullaby 2 Lullaby for a retired colonel Dedication not known Duration 5’30” Background and Critical Reception Another publication of Britten’s not to appear … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Holiday Diary, Op.5

(c) Brian Hogwood Holiday Diary, Op.5 – suite for piano (1 September – 14 October 1934, Britten aged 20) 1 Early morning bathe 2 Sailing 3 Funfair 4 Night Dedication Arthur Benjamin Duration 16′ Audio clips will be added here … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Twelve Variations on a Theme

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Twelve Variations on a Theme for piano (March – May 1931, Britten aged 17) Dedication unknown Duration 8’40” Background and Critical Reception The Variations are the first piano piece Britten wrote at the Royal College of … Continue reading

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