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Benjamin Britten: Canone ed Ostinato and Corale con Canto



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Voicing:      SATB
Format:      Sheet Music
Composer:      Benjamin Britten
Music Category:       Choral
Dimensions:      10.50 X 6.75, 16 pages
Item Code:      48021234

Text: in Latin compiled from the charter of the University, and from older orations in praise of Basle by Bernhard Wyss. Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Difficulty level: 4 (for chorus) Britten's genius lifts this work above being just a worthy celebration of the 500th anniversary of the foundation of Basle University. It is tongue-in-cheek and mockingly non-academic while referring all the time to academic musical forms and formulae. It is written in two parts (everything is in the statutory Latin including the titles of the parts - Pars I and Pars II). The titles of the movements show Britten's intention to show off a wide variety of techniques. Here are some examples: Chorale/Alla Rovescio (the theme is given and responded to with the same melody upside down)/Recitativo/Tema seriale con fuga/Canone ed ostinato. There is a good deal of humour here. There are seven movements in Pars I and six in Pars II. The tenor soloist is given three florid recitatives, accompanied only by a piano, whic

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