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Listening to Britten – Oh Take Those Lips Away

Belle Vue Park and Yarmouth Road area, Lowestoft, 1926 – image courtesy of the Britain From Above website Oh Take Those Lips Away – song for voice and piano (12 November 1926, Britten aged 12) Text William Shakespeare Language English … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Fancie

Serin (c) Graham Catley, whose rather wonderful blog Pewit can be found here Fancie for unison voices with piano (May 1965, Britten aged 51) Dedication Marion (Harewood) Thorpe Text William Shakespeare Language English Duration 1’10” Background and Critical Reception The … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op.64

The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Joseph Noel Paton. Used courtesy of Wikipedia A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op.64 – Opera in three acts, Op.64 (July – August 1960, Britten aged 46) Dedication Stephen Reiss (Aldeburgh Festival General Manager) Text … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Nocturne, Op.60

Moonrise on the Yare (?) by John Crome. Photo (c) Tate Nocturne for tenor, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra, Op.60 (August – September 1958, Britten aged 44) 1 Promethus unbound (excerpt) (Percy Bysshe Shelley) (strings) 2 The kraken (Alfred, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Alla marcia

Image: Red backed shrike, (c) Graham Catley, whose rather wonderful blog Pewit can be found here Alla marcia for string quartet (February 1933, Britten aged 19) Dedication not known Duration 3′ Background and Critical Reception The string quartet was part … Continue reading

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