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Listening to Britten – Untitled fragment for strings

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Untitled fragment for strings (1930, Britten aged 16) Dedication not known Duration 2’30” Background and Critical Reception As Britten falls more under the influence of Frank Bridge, so his music becomes more questing and experimental. This … Continue reading

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Foundations – Britten and Frank Bridge

“If anything happened to my musical father, I don’t know what I should do”. The teenage Britten’s dependency on Frank Bridge, fully revealed in this quote from 1930, illustrating the extent to which his teacher was becoming his musical guiding … Continue reading

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Foundations

As the voyage through Britten’s work begins, one of the fascinating aspects of the listening will be trying to discern what, if anything, he draws from other composers. From limited experience thus far, and from the writings of others, it … Continue reading

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