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Listening to Britten – Praise We Great Men

Flintham by John Piper, 1977. (c) The Piper Estate. Image used courtesy of Tate Praise We Great Men, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, chorus (SATB) and orchestra (July-October 1976, orchestrated by Colin Matthews. Britten aged 62) Dedication Written for Mstislav … 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 – The ash grove

A Grove of Trees near a Stream with a Man Fishing from a Boat by William Henry Crome. Photo (c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery) The ash grove (Welsh Tune) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 1 … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Oliver Cromwell

A 1656 portrait of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper. Photo from Wikipedia Oliver Cromwell (Nursery Rhyme from Suffolk) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 1 no.7 (British Isles)) – folksong arrangement for high or medium voice and piano (pre 11 December 1940, Britten … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – O can ye sew cushions?

Entrance to Loch Katrine, Moonlight, Highlanders Spearing Salmon by George Salmon. Photo (c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery) O can ye sew cushions? (Scottish Tune) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 1 no.4 (British Isles)) – folksong … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Bonny Earl O’Moray

The Bonnie Earl of Moray, anonymous “vendetta portrait” of the murdered James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray, c. 1591. Photo from Wikipedia The Bonny Earl O’Moray (Scottish Tune) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 1 no.3 (British Isles)) – folksong arrangement for high … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Little Sir William

Breydon Water, Norfolk by Frederick Sandys. Photo (c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery) Little Sir William (Somerset Folksong) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 1 no.2 (British Isles)) – folksong arrangement for high or medium voice and … Continue reading

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