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Listening to Britten – Fanfare, ‘The Eagle Has Two Heads’

Picture from Amazon The Eagle Has Two Heads – Fanfare for 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, E flat bass and percussion (cymbal, side drum) (pre 4 September 1946, Britten aged 32) Dedication not known Duration 1’20” … Continue reading

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Britten through the eyes of…Michael Collins

Photo: Ben Ealovega The clarinetist and conductor Michael Collins made the first recording of Britten’s Movement for clarinet and orchestra, which was expanded into a full Clarinet Concerto through the work of Colin Matthews. In this interview he talks about … Continue reading

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Britten at the Proms – Young Apollo & Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Camerata Ireland The second Britten-themed Saturday matinee concert at the Cadogan Hall brought Camerata Ireland to the Proms for the first time. Listening back to the radio broadcast confirms another programming success, the bravura of Britten’s Young Apollo and the … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Russian Funeral

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Russian Funeral – known also by Britten as War and death, an impression for brass orchestra – for 4 horns (‘ad lib’), 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba and percussion (24 February – 2 March 1936, Britten … 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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