Tag Archives: William Blake

Listening to Britten – Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Op.74

Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!) by Henri Rousseau. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Op.74, for baritone voice and piano (April 1965, Britten aged 51) Proverb I London Proverb II The chimney-sweeper Proverb III A … Continue reading

Posted in English, Listening to Britten, Song cycle / collection, Songs, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Listening to Britten – A Charm of Lullabies, Op.41

Yarnton Monument by John Piper (1947-8) (c) the John Piper Estate A Charm of Lullabies, Op.41 – for mezzo-soprano and piano (November – 17 December 1947, Britten aged 34) 1 A Cradle Song (William Blake) 2 The Highland Balou (Robert … Continue reading

Posted in English, Listening to Britten, Song cycle / collection, Songs, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in French, Listening to Britten, Song cycle / collection, Songs, Songs with orchestra, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Listening to Britten – A Poison Tree

(c) Ben Hogwood A Poison Tree – song for medium voice and piano (2 March 1935, Britten aged 21) Dedication not known Text William Blake Language English Duration 3′ Audio clip A Poison Tree (Gerald Finley (baritone) and Julius Drake … Continue reading

Posted in English, Listening to Britten, Songs, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment