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Passacaglia from the Opera "Peter Grimes"

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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten (arr. Joseph Kreines)


This work bears the designation Opus 33b.


General Info

Year: 1945 / 2016
Duration: c. 7:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Aeolus Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
B-flat Solo Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Celeste
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Peter Grimes is an opera by Benjamin Britten, with a libretto adapted by Montagu Slater from the narrative poem, Peter Grimes, in George Crabbe's book The Borough. The "borough" of the opera is a fictional village which shares some similarities with Crabbe's, and later Britten's, own home of Aldeburgh, a town on England's east coast.

It was first performed at Sadler's Wells in London on 7 June 1945, conducted by Reginald Goodall, and was the first of Britten's operas to be a critical and popular success. It is still widely performed, both in the UK and internationally, and is considered part of the standard repertoire. In addition, the Four Sea Interludes were published separately (as Op. 33a) and are frequently performed as an orchestral suite. The Passacaglia was also published separately (as Op. 33b), and is also often performed, either together with the Sea Interludes or by itself.

- Program Notes from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI


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