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Listening to Britten – Two pieces for violin and piano

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Two pieces for violin and piano (29-30 June 1931, Britten aged 17) 1 The Moon 2 Going down hill on a bicycle Dedication Remo Lauricella Duration 5′ Audio clips Clips of the new Naxos recording from … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Double Concerto

Double concerto for violin, viola and orchestra in B minor (9 March – 1 July 1932, Britten aged 18) 1 Allegro ma non troppo 2 Rhapsody: Poco lento 3 Allegro scherzando – Tempo primo (Allegro ma non troppo) Dedication not … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Three Two-Part Songs

(c) Ben Hogwood Three Two-Part Songs for boys’ or women’s voices and piano (15 – 29 February 1932, Britten aged 18) 1 The Ride-by-nights 2 The Rainbow 3 The Ship of Rio Dedication not known Text Walter de la Mare … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Two Psalms

Wimborne Minster window detail (c) Ben Hogwood Two Psalms – for mixed choir and orchestra (8 July – 26 December 1931, Britten aged 17-18) 1 Psalm 130 (Out from the deep) 2 Psalm 150 (Praise ye the Lord) Dedication not … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Twelve Variations on a Theme

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Twelve Variations on a Theme for piano (March – May 1931, Britten aged 17) Dedication unknown Duration 8’40” Background and Critical Reception The Variations are the first piano piece Britten wrote at the Royal College of … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Rondo Concertante

Royal College of Music, 1930 – image courtesy of Britten 100 Rondo Concertante for piano and strings (6 – 13 October 1930, Britten aged 16) 1 Allegro molto 2 Lento Dedication not known Duration 15′ Background and Critical Reception The … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Movement for wind sextet

(c) Ben Hogwood Movement for wind sextet (5 May – 7 August 1930, Britten aged 16) Dedication not known Instrumentation flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, bassoon Duration 8′ Background and Critical Reception A combination rarely heard in Britten’s output, … Continue reading

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