Tag Archives: Vaughan Williams

Listening to Britten – Greensleeves

Cattle on the Marshes by John Alfred Arnesby Brown. Photo (c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery) Greensleeves – folksong arrangement for voice and piano (ca 1940-1941, Britten aged 27) Dedication not known Text John … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Plymouth Town

(c)Ben Hogwood Plymouth Town – ballet for small orchestra (12 August – 22 November 1931, Britten aged 17) Dedication not known Duration 26′ Background and Critical Reception Plymouth Town is Britten’s first stage work – and marks a watershed for … 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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Setting The Scene – English music in 1930 as Britten goes to college

With Listening to Britten having reached the verge of the composer’s move to the Royal College of Music, it seems an appropriate time for Good Morning Britten to pan out a little and look afresh at the musical climate in … Continue reading

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Britten through the eyes of…Em Marshall-Luck

Em Marshall-Luck is the Founder-Director of the English Music Festival, whose blueprint is to ‘celebrate Britain’s musical heritage by showcasing the brilliance, innovation and beauty of English music’. She is also Chairman of the Vaughan Williams Society, Chairman of the … 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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Setting The Scene – English music in the year of Britten’s birth

Before embarking on its voyage through all of Britten’s works, Good Morning Britten has a look at the musical climate in England in the year of the composer’s birth, 1913. It was to be quite a year for music internationally, … Continue reading

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