Category Archives: French

Listening to Britten – Nocturne, Op.60

Moonrise on the Yare (?) by John Crome. Photo (c) Tate Nocturne for tenor, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra, Op.60 (August – September 1958, Britten aged 44) 1 Promethus unbound (excerpt) (Percy Bysshe Shelley) (strings) 2 The kraken (Alfred, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31

(c)Brian Hogwood Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31 (March – April 1943, Britten aged 29) Prologue 1 Pastoral (Charles Cotton) 2 Nocturne (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) 3 Elegy (William Blake) 4 Dirge (Anon, 15th century) 5 Hymn (Ben Jonson) 6 … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Quand j’étais chez mon père

River and Bridge in the South of France by Josephine Bowes. Used with many thanks to The Bowes Museum Quand j’étais chez mon père (Heigh Ho! Heigh Hi!) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 2 no.8 (France)) – folksong arrangement for high or … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Eho! Eho!

A Monastic Funeral by Moonlight by Josephine Bowes. Used with many thanks to The Bowes Museum Eho! Eho! (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 2 no.7 (France)) – folksong arrangement for high or medium voice and piano (December 1942, Britten aged 29) Dedication … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Il est quelqu’un sur terre

Cornfield near Calais by Josephine Bowes. Used with many thanks to The Bowes Museum Il est quelqu’un sur terre (There’s someone in my fancy) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 2 no.6 (France)) – folksong arrangement for high or medium voice and piano … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – La belle est au jardin d’amour

Study of Birch Trees by Josephine Bowes. Used with many thanks to The Bowes Museum La belle est au jardin d’amour (Beauty in Love’s Garden) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 2 no.5 (France)) – folksong arrangement for high or medium voice and … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Le roi s’en va-t’en chasse

Study of Poplars by Josephine Bowes. Used with many thanks to The Bowes Museum Le roi s’en va-t’en chasse (The King is gone a-hunting) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 2 no.4 (France)) – folksong arrangement for high or medium voice and piano … Continue reading

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