Category Archives: Song cycle / collection

Listening to Britten – A Birthday Hansel, Op.92

Painting (c) Brian Hogwood A Birthday Hansel, Op.92 – for high voice and harp (21 March 1975, Britten aged 61) 1 Birthday song 2 My early walk 3 Wee Willie Gray 4 My hoggie 5 Afton water 6 The winter … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Canticle V: The Death of Saint Narcissus, Op.89

Ruined Chapel, Isle of Mull, 1975 by John Piper. (c) The Piper Estate. Image used courtesy of Tate Canticle V: The Death of Saint Narcissus, Op.89 – for tenor and harp (12-22 January 1971, Britten aged 57) Dedication In loving … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Canticle IV: Journey of the Magi, Op.86

The Tower of Fawley Church, Bucks, 1970 by John Piper. (c) The Piper Estate. Image used courtesy of the BBC Canticle IV: Journey of the Magi, Op.86 – for countertenor, tenor, baritone and piano (12-22 January 1971, Britten aged 57) … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Who are these children?, Op.84

Painting (c) Brian Hogwood Who are these Children?, Op.84 – Lyrics, rhymes and riddles by William Soutar for tenor and piano (Spring – Summer 1969, Britten aged 55) 1 A riddle 2 A laddie’s sang 3 Nightmare 4 Black day … 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 – Tit for Tat

Painting (c) Brian Hogwood Tit for Tat – a collection of five revised songs, for voice and piano (originals from June 1928 – January 1931, all revised Summer 1968, Britten aged 54) 1 A Song of Enchantment 2 Autumn 3 … Continue reading

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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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