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Britten, Benjamin: Canadian Carnival (Kermesse Canadienne) op. 19 (1939) 14'
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2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2.2-4.3(2).3.1-timp.perc(2):xyl/sm susp.cym/lg susp.cym/SD/BD-harp-strings.

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Canadian Carnival was written in 1939, seven months after Britten left England for North America. Its bracing out-of-doors energy shows his rapid assimilation of American music, particularly that of his friend Copland. Based on a variety of folk material, the work culminates with a lively treatment of the well-known French-Canadian tune ‘Alouette’.



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