Category Archives: Songs

Listening to Britten – Hadrian’s Wall: Roman Wall Blues

Britten and Auden, an image used by NMC for their free download of Roman Wall Blues Hadrian’s Wall – Incidental music for male voice, chorus, percussion and string quartet (12 – 16 November 1937, Britten aged 23) Approximately fifteen numbers, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Oh Take Those Lips Away

Belle Vue Park and Yarmouth Road area, Lowestoft, 1926 – image courtesy of the Britain From Above website Oh Take Those Lips Away – song for voice and piano (12 November 1926, Britten aged 12) Text William Shakespeare Language English … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Phaedra, Op.93

Phaedra by Alexandre Cabanel (1880). Image used courtesy of Wikipedia Phaedra, Op.93 – Dramatic cantata for mezzo-soprano and small orchestra (July – 12 August 1975, Britten aged 61) Dedication for Janet Baker Text Robert Lowell, after Ph├Ędre by Jean Racine … Continue reading

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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 – Sacred and Profane, Op.91

Detail of painting (c) Brian Hogwood Sacred and Profane, Op.91 – Eight medieval lyrics for unaccompanied voices (SSATB) (December 1974 – January 1975, Britten aged 61) 1 St Godrick’s hymn (mid 12th century) 2 I mon waxe wod (later 13th … 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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