Suite on English Folk Tunes - A Time There Was


by Benjamin Britten

Small Orchestra
2(II=picc).2(II=ca).2.2 – 2200 – timp – perc(2): SD/BD/tamburo/tgl/t.bell – harp – strings

Hankin Booby commissioned for the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 1.3.67

First Performance
13.6.75, Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings: English Chamber Orchestra/Steuart Bedford

Score 0-571-50820-0 on sale, parts for hire

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'Suite on English Folk Tunes' reviews

'Each of its five brief movements is based on an English folk song and between them they encompass a wide range of moods, extending from the high-spirited dance, 'Hunt the Squirrel', to the wistful melancholy of 'The Bitter Withy'...the key to the work's title, 'A time there was...when all went well' (Hardy), perhaps lies in its finale, 'Lord Melbourne'. Here an elegiac lament on a solo English horn is build up to a powerful climax. Then there comes a brief but impassioned cry on obeo, clarine Read more

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