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Britten, BenjaminSinfonietta op. 1 (1932) 15'
for ten instruments

Scoring
1.1.1.1-1.0.0.0-string quintet (or small string orchestra).
Abbreviations (PDF).

Territory
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Repertoire Note  
Written at the age of just 18 while he was still a student at the Royal College of Music, the Sinfonietta shows that Britten had already found a mature and unmistakable voice by the time of his official ‘opus 1’. The piece is tautly constructed and shows an assured and sophisticated command of structure that anticipates many later works. An alternative version for small orchestra with two horns (prepared by Britten in February 1936 but given only one performance during his lifetime) is also available for performance.

Recommended Recording
BBC Symphony Orchestra / Edward Gardner
Chandos CHAN 10671

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