Building of the House, The

(1967)

by Benjamin Britten

Description
Overture with or without chorus
Duration
6
Genres
Chorus with Orchestra/Large Ensemble, Chorus with Orchestra/Large Ensemble, Small Orchestra
Text
Psalm 127
Instrumentation
2222 - 2201 - timp - perc(1): bells/tgl/susp.cym/SD/xyl – organ(ad lib) – strings – SATB chorus(ad lib) Alternative orch: 2222 – 2331 – timp – perc(1): bells/tgl/susp.cym/SD/xyl – organ(ad lib) – strings
Languages
English
First Performance
2.6.67, Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings: English Chamber Orchestra/Chorus of East Anglian Choir/Benjamin Britten
Availability

Study score 0-571-50151-6, chorus part 0-571-50144-3 on sale, parts for hire

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'The Building of the House' reviews

'...begins with a merry bustle; it might be the prelude to some operatic scene of surging industry; then from the activity there rises, soaring and strong, a chorale. The piece is a allegory with a simple, moving aptness...that makes its immediate appea; and with a richness and subtlety of musical organisation that will surely give lasting value to the occasional piece...' Andrew Porter, Financial Times, June 1967 Read more

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