Curlew River

(1964)

by Benjamin Britten

Description
Parable for church performance
Contributors
Plomer W (Author)
Duration
71
Genres
Opera
Text
William Plomer after the Japanese Noh-play Sumidagawa
Instrumentation
fl(=picc) - horn - viola.bass - harp - perc(1) 5 smalluntuned drums/5 small bells/1 large tuned gong -chamber organ
Singer(s)
the Madwoman(T),the Ferryman(Bar),the Traveller(bar),theSpirit of the Boy(treble),Leader of the Pilgrims/the Abbot (B), Chorus of Pilgrims (3T, 3 Bar, 2B), 3 Assistants (boys - silent roles)
Languages
English, French, German
First Performance
9 June 1964, Orford Church, Aldeburgh Festival: English Opera Group
Availability

Full score (paper) 0-571-50720-4, rehearsal score (eng/ger) 0-571-50002-1, libretto (eng) 0-571-50094-3 on sale, rehearsal score (french) for hire, parts for hire

Licensing Information

News & Reviews

'Curlew River' reviews

'The story...is probably the simplets and, externally, most uneventful that has ever been enacted on a Western stage. The pace of physical events is proportionally slow-and the pace of psychological, musical action proportionately quick. It is all over in one calm, exciting flash of absolutely concinuous inspiration.' Hans Keller, The Spectator Read more

Site Search

Newsletter sign-up

Submit your email address here to receive the latest news and special offers from Faber Music

Score Availability

It is possible in certain circumstances to purchase some scores direct from the Hire Library, even if advertised as available only for hire.

Please Contact the Hire Library:
Tel: +44 (0)1279 828907 / 8
Email: hire@fabermusic.com

Take a look

Alexander L'Estrange

Alexander L’Estrange (b. 1974) is a British choral composer and arranger whose music is performed...

read more