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Listening to Britten – The Building of the House, Op.79

Britten with Pears at Snape Maltings. Photo by Hans Wild, used courtesy of http://www.britten100.org The Building of the House, overture for orchestra with or without chorus, Op.79 (January – 16 March 1967) Dedication For the opening of The Maltings Concert … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Pas de Six (The Prince of the Pagodas), Op.57a

Image from the Royal Opera House production of The Prince of the Pagodas. (c) Royal Opera House 2012 Pas de Six (The Prince of the Pagodas), Op.57a – excerpt from the ballet for orchestra (early 1955 – Autumn 1956), Britten … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Prince of the Pagodas, Op.57

Britten and Pears on holiday in Bali, 1956. Image courtesy of http://www.britten100.org The Prince of the Pagodas, Op.57 – a ballet in three acts for orchestra (early 1955 – Autumn 1956), Britten aged 42) Dedication Britten’s assistant Imogen Holst and … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Timpani piece for Jimmy

The percussionist James Blades. Image courtesy of Photographers Direct Timpani piece for Jimmy for timpani and piano (8 – 9 December 1955, Britten aged 41) Dedication James Blades Duration 1’30” Background and Critical Reception Britten and Pears travelled widely in … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Scherzo for recorder quartet

Fieldfare (c) Graham Catley, whose rather wonderful blog Pewit can be found here Scherzo for recorder quartet (November 1954, Britten aged 40) Dedication Aldeburgh Music Club Instrumentation Four recorders: descant, treble, tenor, bass (or 2nd tenor) Duration 3′ Background and … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Variation on an Elizabethan Theme

The Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II Variation on an Elizabethan Theme for string orchestra (January 1953, Britten aged 29) – part of Variations on an Elizabethan Theme, a multi-composer work: Theme – Byrd, arr. Imogen Holst Variation 1: Allegro … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Five Flower Songs, Op.47

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Five Flower Songs, Op.47 for unaccompanied chorus (SATB) (April 1950, Britten aged 36) 1 To Daffodils (Robert Herrick) 2 The Succession of the Four Sweet Months (Robert Herrick) 3 Marsh Flowers (George Crabbe) 4 The Evening … Continue reading

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