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    op 77 1966 Salus aeternam The Prodigal Son op 81 1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten wrote this set of twelve songs for the boys age 7 13 of his headmaster brother s school to sing during their Friday afternoon music lessons The texts are as always carefully chosen to give maximum variety of mood and to challenge and encourage the children s interest and involvement mixing both dark and light humour with seriousness and romance to create a little world of changing scenes and emotions Moods Calm Gentle Genres Music for Children Songs Instruments Choir Piano Recording credits Choir of Downside School Purley Viola Tunnard piano Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1967 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 Old Abram Brown Cuckoo Begone dull care Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta String Quartet

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    85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Dedicated by gracious permission to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Gloriana was first performed as part of the 1953 Coronation celebrations The dramatic core is the unfolding relationship between Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex the Queen torn between her private affection and her sense of public duty Here while on a royal progress in Norwich the Queen and her entourage are entertained by an allegorical masque about Time and his wife Concord Moods Calm Gentle Genres Opera Instruments Chorus Recording credits Barstow Langridge Jones Summers Kenny Opie Van Allan Terfel Ainsley Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera Sir Charles Mackerras cond Recording 1993 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 Prelude Act 1 Scene 1 Our lives are in your hand Act 1 Scene 1 Pavanne Act 2 Scene 3 Sovereign most loved Act 1 Scene 2 Happy were he Act 1 Scene 2 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943

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    and Isaac op 51 1952 Curlew River op 71 1964 Te lucis ante terminum The Burning Fiery Furnace op 77 1966 Salus aeternam The Prodigal Son op 81 1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip This charming suite for solo piano is dedicated to Arthur Benjamin Britten s piano teacher at the Royal College of Music Its four movements depict an early morning swim in the chilly North Sea a favourite Britten activity sailing and a funfair all rounded off with a good night s rest Moods Calm Gentle Reflective Genres Chamber music Instruments Piano Recording credits Michael Dussek piano Recording 1995 Hyperion Records Ltd London Available from Hyperion Records Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work Funfair Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta String Quartet No 3 op 94 1975 Solo Very calm Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter

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    orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip This masterly work was written for the combined musical talents of Peter Pears and Dennis Brain Framed by a horn solo played on natural harmonics to evoke primeval innocence the Serenade is an extraordinary example of Britten s ability to set an anthology of texts bound together by a similar theme in this case the world of night sleep and dreams The twilit atmosphere that characterizes this evocative work is offset by two settings that form its centrepiece the worm in the rose of Blake s Elegy and a nightmarish setting of the anonymous 15th century Lyke Wake Dirge Moods Calm Gentle Reflective Genres Songs Instruments Horn Solo voice or voices Strings Recording credits Peter Pears tenor Barry Tuckwell horn London Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1964 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 Sonnet Nocturne Sinfonia da Requiem

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    1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip This is a key work in Britten s development full of Mahlerian effects brilliant brass fanfares a trudging funeral march and virtuosic writing Britten s largest purely orchestral work for the concert hall was written to a commission from the Japanese government for a work in honour of the 2 600th anniversary of the Mikado dynasty It was however rejected by the Japanese authorities Ostensibly written as a requiem memorial to his parents the Sinfonia was also Britten s reaction to the developing menace of the war which evoked some of his most powerful orchestral writing Moods Calm Gentle Reflective Genres Orchestral Instruments Orchestra Recording credits New Philharmonia Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1965 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 2 Lacrymosa Andante ben misurato Dies

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    clips Canticle II Abraham and Isaac op 51 1952 Curlew River op 71 1964 Te lucis ante terminum The Burning Fiery Furnace op 77 1966 Salus aeternam The Prodigal Son op 81 1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten composed two sparkling orchestral suites both based on themes by Rossini Soirées musicales and Matineés musicales Both revel in dance rhythms both were choreographed by Balanchine and demonstrate Britten s orchestral mastery and tongue in cheek sense of humour Moods Calm Flowing Gentle Genres Orchestral Instruments Orchestra Recording credits National Philharmonic Orchestra Richard Bonynge cond Recording 1982 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 March String Quartet No 3 op 94 1975 Solo Very calm Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy Temporal Variations 1936

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    Popularity Mood Calm Christmassy Flowing Gentle Joyful Lively Loving Menacing Passionate Playful Reflective Rough Sad Spiky Spooky Stirring 29 clips Canticle II Abraham and Isaac op 51 1952 Curlew River op 71 1964 Te lucis ante terminum The Burning Fiery Furnace op 77 1966 Salus aeternam The Prodigal Son op 81 1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta String Quartet No 3 op 94 1975 Solo Very calm Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Moods Calm Reflective Genres Chamber music Instruments Strings Recording credits Amadeus String Quartet Recording 1978 The Decca Record Company Ltd Published by Faber Music Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work Duets With moderate movement Recitative and Passacaglia Burlesque Fast con fuoco Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy Temporal Variations 1936 Chorale The Prince of the Pagodas op 57 1956 Variation Fish Creatures The Rape of Lucretia op 37

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    Abraham and Isaac op 51 1952 Curlew River op 71 1964 Te lucis ante terminum The Burning Fiery Furnace op 77 1966 Salus aeternam The Prodigal Son op 81 1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta String Quartet No 3 op 94 1975 Solo Very calm 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

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