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    of the various search tools to start your journey through Britten Select any clip to hear the music and find out more Mood Genre Instrument Writer Speed Popularity 10 clips The Young Person s Guide to the Orchestra op 34 1945 First Suite for Cello op 72 1964 Canto primo Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten s last purely orchestral work ranges in mood from the exhilarating opening to the frightening Hankin Booby for winds and percussion alone to the moving elegy incorporating the folksong Lord Melbourne on cor anglais It is a fitting epilogue to the life of an orchestral master Moods Calm Gentle Genres Orchestral Instruments Orchestra Recording credits Northern Sinfonia Steuart Bedford cond Recording 1998 Pinnacle Entertainment Ltd Available from Naxos Published by Faber Music Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work Hunt the squirrel Cakes and ale A Ceremony of Carols op 28 1942 This little babe War Requiem op 66 1962 Dies irae The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Malo Act 1 Scene 6 The Prince of

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    Select any clip to hear the music and find out more Mood Genre Instrument Writer Speed Popularity 10 clips The Young Person s Guide to the Orchestra op 34 1945 First Suite for Cello op 72 1964 Canto primo Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy A Ceremony of Carols op 28 1942 This little babe Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip The Ceremony of Carols is one of Britten s best known and most performed works It is a brilliantly conceived and dramatic concert work which sees the voices process to their places singing unaccompanied plainsong and at the end processing out again to the same chant In between are settings of nine short poems in contrasting moods and a solo harp interlude Moods Christmassy Joyful Lively Playful Genres Choral Instruments Choir Harp Recording credits Copenhagen Boys Choir Enid Simon harp Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1953 Decca Music Group Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work Wolcum yole Spring carol War Requiem op 66 1962 Dies irae The Turn of the Screw

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    Use any of the various search tools to start your journey through Britten Select any clip to hear the music and find out more Mood Genre Instrument Writer Speed Popularity 10 clips The Young Person s Guide to the Orchestra op 34 1945 First Suite for Cello op 72 1964 Canto primo Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy A Ceremony of Carols op 28 1942 This little babe War Requiem op 66 1962 Dies irae Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip This choral masterpiece is one of the most powerful statements in music about war and the pity of war It was first performed as part of celebrations to mark the opening of a new cathedral for the city of Coventry The previous medieval cathedral had been destroyed by bombing in 1940 Britten a lifelong pacifist took the opportunity presented by this important commission to create a very public expression of his beliefs In a master stroke he included texts by the First World War poet Wilfred Owen to provide an ironic commentary on the Latin Requiem Mass Moods Menacing Stirring Genres Choral Instruments Brass Choir Orchestra Recording credits Galina Vishnevskaya soprano Peter Pears tenor Dietrich Rischer Dieskau baritone Bach Choir London Symphony Chorus Highgate School Choir Simon Preston organ Melos Ensemble London Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1963 The Decca Record Company Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work So Abram rose Move him into the sun Lacrimosa dies illa Requiem aeternum After the blast of lightning Let us sleep now The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Malo Act 1 Scene 6 The Prince of the Pagodas op

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    could easily have picked many other examples We hope you enjoy our favourites Use any of the various search tools to start your journey through Britten Select any clip to hear the music and find out more Mood Genre Instrument Writer Speed Popularity 10 clips The Young Person s Guide to the Orchestra op 34 1945 First Suite for Cello op 72 1964 Canto primo Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy A Ceremony of Carols op 28 1942 This little babe War Requiem op 66 1962 Dies irae The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Malo Act 1 Scene 6 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten s tautly constructed final chamber opera is based on the Henry James novel a tale of good versus evil natural versus the supernatural possession and exorcism Here during his Latin lesson Miles sings a curious song that plays on the different meanings of malo I would rather be in an apple tree than a naughty boy in adversity The Governess is unsettled Moods Gentle Spooky Genres Opera Instruments Orchestra Solo voice or voices Recording credits Pears Vyvyan Hemmings Dyer Cross Pears Mandikian English Opera Group Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1955 Decca Music Group Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work Colloquy and Soliloquy Act 2 Scene 1 Variation XIV Act 2 Scene 7 Prologue Act 1 Miss Jessel Act 2 Scene 3 At Night Act 1 Scene 8 Variation IV The Window Act 1 Scene 5 Variation III The Tower Act 1 Scene 4 The Prince of the Pagodas op 57 1956 Gavotte Billy Budd op 50 1951 Blow her away Act 1

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    be complete and we could easily have picked many other examples We hope you enjoy our favourites Use any of the various search tools to start your journey through Britten Select any clip to hear the music and find out more Mood Genre Instrument Writer Speed Popularity 10 clips The Young Person s Guide to the Orchestra op 34 1945 First Suite for Cello op 72 1964 Canto primo Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy A Ceremony of Carols op 28 1942 This little babe War Requiem op 66 1962 Dies irae The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Malo Act 1 Scene 6 The Prince of the Pagodas op 57 1956 Gavotte Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten s only full length ballet was written for Covent Garden and first performed with choreography by John Cranko In more recent years it has been successfully revived in new productions by Kenneth MacMillan and David Bintley The score is notable for its highly sophisticated emulation of the gamelan ensembles that Britten heard on a trip to Bali in 1956 used to portray the colourful and exotic world of Pagoda Land Moods Flowing Joyful Genres Ballet Instruments Orchestra Recording credits Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1957 Decca Music Group Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work The Pagodas Variation of the King of the North Variation of the King of the South Variation Fish Creatures The Salamander Pas de Deux The Prince and Belle Rose The Old Emperor Variation Belle Rose Billy Budd op 50 1951 Blow her away Act 1 Scene 3 A Ceremony

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    could easily have picked many other examples We hope you enjoy our favourites Use any of the various search tools to start your journey through Britten Select any clip to hear the music and find out more Mood Genre Instrument Writer Speed Popularity 10 clips The Young Person s Guide to the Orchestra op 34 1945 First Suite for Cello op 72 1964 Canto primo Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy A Ceremony of Carols op 28 1942 This little babe War Requiem op 66 1962 Dies irae The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Malo Act 1 Scene 6 The Prince of the Pagodas op 57 1956 Gavotte Billy Budd op 50 1951 Blow her away Act 1 Scene 3 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Billy Budd was first performed as part of the 1951 Festival of Britain celebrations The work is based on Herman Melville s posthumous novel Billy Budd Foretopman which Britten and his librettists transformed into an opera of great power and psychological subtlety Here the men of the Indomitable s evening watch keep their spirits up with a stirring sea shanty Moods Flowing Stirring Genres Opera Instruments Chorus Orchestra Recording credits Glossop Pears Langdon Drake Shirley Quirk Kelly Dempsey Bowman Brannigan Tear Ambrosian Opera Chorus London Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1968 Decca Music Group Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work I am an old man Prologue O beauty O handsomeness goodness Starry Vere we call him Act 1 Scene 1 Billy Budd King of the birds Act 1 Scene 1 Come along kid Act 1 Scene 1 Down all hands Act 2

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    Select any clip to hear the music and find out more Mood Genre Instrument Writer Speed Popularity 10 clips The Young Person s Guide to the Orchestra op 34 1945 First Suite for Cello op 72 1964 Canto primo Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy A Ceremony of Carols op 28 1942 This little babe War Requiem op 66 1962 Dies irae The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Malo Act 1 Scene 6 The Prince of the Pagodas op 57 1956 Gavotte Billy Budd op 50 1951 Blow her away Act 1 Scene 3 A Ceremony of Carols op 28 1942 Wolcum yole Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip The Ceremony of Carols is one of Britten s best known and most performed works It is a brilliantly conceived and dramatic concert work which sees the voices process to their places singing unaccompanied plainsong and at the end processing out again to the same chant In between are settings of nine short poems in contrasting moods and a solo harp interlude Moods Christmassy Joyful Genres Choral Instruments Choir Harp Recording credits Copenhagen Boys Choir Enid Simon harp

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    favourites Use any of the various search tools to start your journey through Britten Select any clip to hear the music and find out more Mood Genre Instrument Writer Speed Popularity 10 clips The Young Person s Guide to the Orchestra op 34 1945 First Suite for Cello op 72 1964 Canto primo Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy A Ceremony of Carols op 28 1942 This little babe War Requiem op 66 1962 Dies irae The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Malo Act 1 Scene 6 The Prince of the Pagodas op 57 1956 Gavotte Billy Budd op 50 1951 Blow her away Act 1 Scene 3 A Ceremony of Carols op 28 1942 Wolcum yole War Requiem op 66 1962 Lacrimosa dies illa Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip This choral masterpiece is one of the most powerful statements in music about war and the pity of war It was first performed as part of celebrations to mark the opening of a new cathedral for the city of Coventry The previous medieval cathedral had been destroyed by bombing in 1940 Britten a lifelong pacifist took the opportunity presented by this important commission to create a very public expression of his beliefs In a master stroke he included texts by the First World War poet Wilfred Owen to provide an ironic commentary on the Latin Requiem Mass Moods Gentle Passionate Sad Genres Choral Instruments Choir Orchestra Recording credits Galina Vishnevskaya soprano Peter Pears tenor Dietrich Rischer Dieskau baritone Bach Choir London Symphony Chorus Highgate School Choir Simon Preston organ Melos Ensemble London Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1963 The Decca Record Company Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this

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