- Full Orchestra
- 1(=picc).1.1.1 - 1000 - timp - harp - strings
- 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
Score 0-571-51653-X 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”.