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Benjamin Britten: The Morning Star (from Spring Symphony, Op. 44)



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Voicing:      SATB
Format:      Sheet Music
Composer:      Benjamin Britten
Music Category:       Choral
Dimensions:      10.50 X 6.75, 8 pages
Item Code:      48022502

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Difficulty level: 5 The Spring Symphony was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation and is dedicated to Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It was actually premiered at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam in July 1949 before its American premiere the following month at Tanglewood by its dedicatees. This work is a major undertaking from all points of view. It uses a huge orchestra (complete with cow horn which has to be hired specially), a children's choir which certainly does not have to be composed only of boys, three soloists, and a large SATB chorus which is given very challenging and detailed music to sing. If any work demonstrates the flip side of the Britten coin from Saint Nicolas it must be the Spring Symphony. Here is a seriously intentioned, highly contemporary work for its time which nevertheless shows his predilection for anthologising texts, for creating amazing moments of levity - approaching the humorous episodes in his ope

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