Irish Reel

(1936)

by Benjamin Britten

Description
Orchestra
Duration
3
Genres
Full Orchestra
Instrumentation
1(=picc).1.1.1 - 1000 - timp - harp - strings
Commission
Written as title music for the documentary film Around the Village Green
First Performance
(concert) 17.6.95, Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings: City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox
Availability

Score 057151653X on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes
BENJAMIN BRITTEN IRISH REEL (Original orchestral work) Britten wrote Irish Reel in 1936 as the title music for a documentary film entitled “Around the Village Green”. It is a bravura piece, exhibiting all the energy, sparkle and strong orchestral colours typical of the composer’s output at that time, which makes use of a traditional reel tune with the evocative title “The Bottom of the Punch Bowl”.

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