By Stewart R. Craggs
Benjamin Britten was once arguably the best English composer of his time. His song crossed obstacles of style and shape to incorporate opera, ballet, orchestral and chamber tune, and picture and incidental tune. the results of 20 years of study, ^IBenjamin Britten^R presents updated and finished information about Britten's lifestyles and track, together with works, performances, and recordings--an attempt by no means sooner than undertaken. bound to be of use to any student of British tune or twentieth century composition, this reference paintings is a useful addition to the literature in this very important artist.Following a quick biography of the topic, writer Stewart Craggs offers a whole checklist of works and performances, prepared through style; a discography, and an annotated bibliography. Rounding out the amount are lists of compositions, one prepared alphabetically and the opposite chronologically, and a common index.
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Allegro molto e con brio 2. Allegretto, alia valse 3. Recitative and Aria 4. 1/timpani percussion (2) harp/strings Dedication: "To Lennox Berkeley" Duration: 33 minutes First performance: London, Queen's Hall, 18 August 1938. Benjamin Britten (piano) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Wood Publication: Boosey & Hawkes SEE: B9, B129, B228, B457, B556, B589, B777 REVISED VERSION Britten wrote a new third movement in 1945 1. Toccata 2. Waltz 3. Impromptu 4. March First performance: Cheltenham Festival, 2 July 1946.
Alexandra String Quartet Publication: Faber Music RECORDING:D19 SEE: B352, B612 W71. B. (20 September 1971) for piano Written to celebrate the 80th birthday of Sir Arthur Bliss in 1971, this tribute was commissioned by the Council and Chairman of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain. Besides Britten, William Alwyn, Malcolm Arnold, Ixnnox Berkeley, Alan Bush, Geoffrey Bush, Arnold Cooke, Stephen Dodgson, Joseph Horowitz, Elizabeth Maconchy, Edmund Rubbra, Humphrey Searle, Graham Whettam and Grace Williams were among others who contributed musical birthday greetings.
Vivace 3. 1/timpani percussion (2) harp/strings Dedication: "To Henry Boys" Duration: 31 minutes Works and Performances 25 First performance: New York, Carnegie Hall, 28 March 1940. Antonio Brosa (violin) and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron First UK performance: I^ondon, Queen's Hall, 6 April 1941. Thomas Matthew (violin) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron SEE:B116,B323 REVISED VERSION Revised in 1950 (performed in London, 12 December 1951 and 1958) Publication: Boosey & Hawkes RECORDING: D54, D72 SEE: B248, B290, B706 W20.