Category Archives: Radio score

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 – Britain in Wartime

The Hallé Orchestra in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Britain in Wartime – Incidental music for narrator and orchestra, made into a concert suite by Colin Matthews (August 1942, Britten aged 28) Text Norman Dorwin Duration 23′ Background and Critical Reception Recently … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Rescue

Greek text of the Odyssey’s opening passage. Taken from Wikipedia The Rescue, also known as The Rescue of Penelope – Incidental music for narrator, soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (September – November 1943, Britten aged 29) Part 1 Eight … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone – first UK edition The Sword in the Stone – Incidental music for female and male voices, chorus, flute, piccolo, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion and harp (May 1939, Britten aged 25) 1 Introduction 2 … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The World of the Spirit

Window in Liverpool Cathedral, (c) Ben Hogwood The World of the Spirit – Radio score. Incidental music for speakers, soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, choir, orchestra and organ, made into a suite by Paul Hindmarsh in 1996 (April – 24 May … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Company of Heaven

Detail of St Peter’s Church, Thetford (c) Brian Hogwood The Company of Heaven – Incidental music for speakers, soprano, tenor, chorus, timpani, organ and strings (8 August – 22 September 1937, Britten aged 23) Part I – Before the Creation … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – King Arthur

Howard Pyle illustration from the 1903 edition of The Story of King Arthur and His Knights King Arthur – Radio score. Incidental music for chorus and orchestra, made into a suite by Paul Hindmarsh in 1996 (19 March – 19 … Continue reading

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