Children's Crusade


by Benjamin Britten

Ballad for children's voices and small orchestra
Brecht B (Author)
Children's, Chorus with Orchestra/Large Ensemble, Unison/Upper + Equal Voices
Bertolt Brecht
chorus of voices with 9 solo parts (5 trebles, 3 altos, 1 deep alto or tenor) - 2 pnos - small organ(chamber or elec) - 6 soli tuned perc: gong/pedal BD/3 susp.cym/wdbl/tgl/SD/tabor/bells/tamb/2 glsp/TD/xyl/ scraper/tam-t - large perc group: (instruments unspecified)
English, German
Written for the 50th Anniversary of Save the Children Fund
First Performance
19.5.69, St Paul's Cathedral, London: Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess

Full score 0571503306, chorus part 0571503322 on sale, parts for hire

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'The musical textures are simple, austere, the tragic story-unfolding like a tropet plainchant-broken by sinister fortissimo sound-clusters or sustained by soft murmurs, eddies of wind and snow, the sound of distant guns, the narrative detail pointed and contrasted by short vocal solos. A work of powerful pity and anger, compassion, and quiet, sad beauty...' Dominic Gill, Financial Times, 20 May 1969 Read more

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