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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten (comp. Matthews and Knussen)

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General Info

Year: 1939
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Faber Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $£10.99


1. Introduction and Boys Tune
2. Merlyn's Tune and Tree Music
3. Merlyn's Spell and Witch Tune
4. Bird Music
5. Lullaby
6. Water Theme and End Music


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Trumpet
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Hi-Hat
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Woodblock



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The incidental music to the BBC radio serialization of T.H. White's book was composed in May 1939, soon after Britten's arrival in Canada, and was broadcast in six episodes during June and July 1939.

The first performance was given June 14, 1983, by the Aldeburgh Festival Chamber Ensemble, Oliver Knussen

-Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Britten, B.; Matthew, C.; Knussen, O.; White, T. (1939). The Sword inthe Stone: Concert Suite for Chamber Ensemble [score]. Faber Music: London.