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Purcell - Britten: Three Songs from 'Orpheus Britannicus' (arr.1963) 12'
for medium voice and orchestra realized by Benjamin Britten

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(E)

Scoring

2(II=picc).2.0.2-0.0.0.0-strings 1.Hark the Echoing Air 2.2.0.2-strings 2.Not all my torments strings 3.Take not a woman's Anger 2.2.0.2-strings

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These three realizations were made for performances given by Britten and Pears on their celebrated tour to Russia in 1963. Originally intended to constitute part of a second and longer suite of songs from Orpheus Britannicus, which Britten never completed, these songs nonetheless work extremely well as a set, full of the mastery that marks all of Britten’s excursions into the music of a composer he greatly admired.



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