By Stewart R. Craggs
Benjamin Britten used to be arguably the best English composer of his time. His song crossed barriers of style and shape to incorporate opera, ballet, orchestral and chamber tune, and picture and incidental track. the results of two decades of analysis, ^IBenjamin Britten^R presents updated and accomplished information about Britten's existence and track, together with works, performances, and recordings--an attempt by no means ahead of undertaken. sure to be of use to any pupil of British song or twentieth century composition, this reference paintings is a useful addition to the literature in this vital artist.Following a short biography of the topic, writer Stewart Craggs presents a whole checklist of works and performances, prepared by means of style; a discography, and an annotated bibliography. Rounding out the quantity are lists of compositions, one prepared alphabetically and the opposite chronologically, and a normal index.
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Tamsin Little (violin), Lars Anders Tomter (viola) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Daniele Galti Publication: Oxford University Press RECORDING: D155 SEE: B378, B693 W21. DIVERSIONS (Opus 21 -1940) for piano (left hand) and orchestra Theme Var. 1 Recitative Var. 2 Romance Var. 3 March Var. 7 Badinerie Var. 8 Burlesque Var. 9 (a) Toccata 1 26 Benjamin Britten Var. 4 Arabesque Var. 5 Chant Var. 6 Nocturne Var. strings Dedication: "For Paul Wittgenstein" Duration: 30 minutes First performance: USA, 16 January 1942.
ALLA QUARTETTO SERIOSO "GO PLAY, BOY, PLAY" (1933/36) Unfinished suite for string quartet First performance: London, 11 December 1933 Revised in 1936 as Three Divertimenti for String Quartet 1. March 2. Waltz 3. Burlesque (dedicated to Francis C. Barton) Duration: 12 minutes First performance: London, Wigmore Hall, 25 February 1936. Stratton String Quartet Publication: Faber Music RECORDING: D89, D125, D154 SEE: B354, B675 W41. ALPINE SUITE (1955) 34 Benjamin Britten for recorder trio (descant 1, descant 2, treble) 1.
Noel Mewton-Wood (piano), conducted by Benjamin Britten Publication: Boosey & Hawkes RECORDING: D35, D54, D143 W19. CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA (Opus 15-1938/39) In three movements 1. Moderato con moto 2. 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.