Tag Archives: W.H. Auden

Listening to Britten – Hadrian’s Wall: Roman Wall Blues

Britten and Auden, an image used by NMC for their free download of Roman Wall Blues Hadrian’s Wall – Incidental music for male voice, chorus, percussion and string quartet (12 – 16 November 1937, Britten aged 23) Approximately fifteen numbers, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Ascent of F6

The Ascent of F6 – first UK edition The Ascent of F6 – Incidental music for female voice, 2 male voices, chorus, percussion, ukulele and piano duet (4 hands) (6 – 23 February 1937, Britten aged 23) Overture IIA Entr’acte … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Spring Symphony, Op.44

Painting (c) Brian Hogwood Spring Symphony, Op.44 for soprano, contralto and tenor soloists, chorus, boys’ choir and orchestra (October 1948 – June 1949, Britten aged 35) Part 1 Introduction (Anon, 16th century) The merry cuckoo (Edmund Spenser) Spring (Thomas Nashe) … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Chorale after an old French carol

Culross Abbey window ((c) Ben Hogwood) Chorale after an old French carol for chorus (SSAATTBB unaccompanied) (15 November 1944, Britten aged 30) Dedication Not known Text W.H. Auden Language English Duration 4’45” Audio A clip of the version recorded by … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – A Shepherd’s Carol

Culross Abbey window detail ((c) Ben Hogwood) A Shepherd’s Carol for chorus (SATB unaccompanied) (8 – 11 November 1944, Britten aged 30) Dedication Not known Text W.H. Auden Language English Duration 4’00” Background and Critical Reception A Shepherd’s Carol is … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The American Dream

The MS Axel Johnson, the ship on which Britten and Pears returned to England from America in 1942. Image courtesy of the Britten-Pears Foundation Listening to Britten, on its voyage to take in the composer’s entire available recorded output chronologically, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Hymn to St Cecilia, Op.27

Saint Cecilia by Guido Reni, 1606 – taken from Wikipedia Hymn to St Cecilia, Op.27 – for five-part chorus (SSATB) with solos, unaccompanied (ca July 1941 – 2 April 1942, Britten aged 28) Dedication Elizabeth Mayer Text W.H. Auden Language … Continue reading

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