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    The 2010 Glyndebourne production of Billy Budd is on BBC4 right now. And with reasonably accurate period costume - hoorah!
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    A fascinating documentary about Britten's last years:

    "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." - Sergei Rachmaninov

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    His Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings is a fantastic piece for an unusual combination of instruments.
    "True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time."
    -George Gershwin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinhold View Post
    His Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings is a fantastic piece for an unusual combination of instruments.
    Possibly Britten's finest work. But there are plenty of others.


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    This past week I attended a college performance of Rejoice in the Lamb Op. 30 which I enjoyed very much. Extensive program notes were provided (6 pages long included all the text [poet: Christopher Smart] and explanation with each movement). The program notes enhanced my appreciation of the piece.

    The notes conclusion:

    Rejoice in the Lamb's carefully rationed verbal and musical resources result in great beauty. From lunatic verse it finds a way to teach its listeners to magnify the Lord, to dance even when you feel crippled, to treasure poetry above all other language, and to remember that all voices are enlisted in the blessed intelligence of heaven!
    "To be a musician is a curse. To NOT be one is even worse." Jack Daney

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Possibly Britten's finest work. But there are plenty of others.
    One of Britten's finest works. Yes, there are plenty of others. Truly a 20th Century giant.
    "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." - Sergei Rachmaninov

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    I love the texts to this work. In an age when cruelty to animals was generally accepted and mental foibles receiving little sympathy or understanding I find Smart's gentle assertion that animals are no less worthy than humans quite moving and the man himself probably having a far more pleasing disposition than those of the people who approved and then supervised his incarceration.
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    ^^ Yes anyone writing a verse in honor of his cat is worthy in my book.

    For I will consider my cat Jeoffry
    For he is the servant of the living God,
    duly and daily serving him.

    For at the first glance
    of the glory of God in the East
    he worships in his way.
    For this is done by wreathing his body
    seven times round with elegant quickness.
    For he knows that God is his saviour.
    For God has bless'd him
    in the variety of his movements.
    For there is nothing sweeter
    than his peace when at rest.

    For I am possessed of a cat,
    surpassing in beauty,
    from whom I take occasion
    to bless Almighty God.


    The lines describing Smart's cat, Jeoffry, his only completely devoted companion, are a demonstration of how each closely observed feline act may be taken as part of the cat's "divine ritual of praise." The organ accompaniment of this section has a obbligato line that appears to mimic the play of a cat--languid, with dashes of brilliance and feisty zest.
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    I was thrilled to find out today that our chorus and orchestra will be performing the War Requiem in March 2015.
    "To be a musician is a curse. To NOT be one is even worse." Jack Daney

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    My father Ronald Finch worked closely with Britten and Tippet, and his draughtsmanship of the score of "Curlew River " was very highly praised.I recall meeting Benjamin Britten many times as a child,wonderful memories.

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    Hey Benji. Regards from Slava! Anyhow, it's a shame more folks aren't yet familiar with your Peter Grimes and the devastating War Requiem.
    They would elevate your status in a hurry!

    Regards from the New World!
    hpowders
    When you don't know what you're saying, you take a long time to say it. When you know what you're saying, you get pithy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    Read the article. About half interesting, half BS. "Some of his thorniest music, such as the Cello Symphony, from 1963, only makes sense if you listen intently to the musician for whom it was composed, Rostropovich, playing it on a Decca recording from 1964. No other cellist can make any sense of it."

    Oh yeah?


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