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Benjamin Britten

Let's Make an Opera (1949)

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an entertainment for young people
The kettles are singing (opening)
Duration: 00 mins 59 secs
Choir of Alleyn's School / English Opera Group Orchestra / Benjamin Britten
(p) 1967 and © 1993 Decca Record Co. Ltd.
Decca 436 393-2

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Text heard on Sample:
Audience: The kettles are singing
Like midsummer larks,
The fire is flinging
A shower of sparks:
The children run flying
To fetch what they're bidden,
For washing and drying
The sweep-boy they've hidden.
They hurry upstairs to
The nursery hearth,
Where Rowan prepares to
Give Sammy his bath:
With brushes to scrub him,
With basins to flood him,
With flannels to rub him,
With soap-balls to sud him.
Splash! in he plunges,
And Rowan lets fly
With sopping-wet sponges
And sparks in her eye!
She washes and rinses
And scrubs willy-nilly,
Till poor Sammy winces
But shines like a lily!

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