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The English Opera Group, 1951

Britten, Benjamin

The Little Sweep (1949)

Duración: 45 minutos
The opera from 'Let's make an Opera', an entertainment for young people

Libretto by Eric Crozier (E,Bg,Cz,F,Fn,G,I,Tk). Additional audience song translations available (Dn,N,Sw)

Adult roles:2S,A,T,B; children's roles:4Tr,2S; audience participation perc(1):timp/BD/SD/gong/cyms/tgl/cast/lg & sm wdbl-pft(4hands)-solo string quartet (also arranged for piano duet with or without percussion) This work can be performed with the introductory play 'Let's Make An Opera' - see separate entry for details..
Abreviaturas (PDF).

Este trabajo está disponible a través de Boosey & Hawkes para el mundo.

Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
Basil Coleman and Stuart Burge, Regisseur
Director: Norman Del Mar
Compañía: English Opera Group

Nota del repertorio
Two of the major preoccupations informing Britten’s life and work, opera and music for children, come together in this ‘Entertainment for Young People’, the first part of which, Let’s Make An Opera, consists of a play in which we see a group of children and adults write and rehearse an opera; the second part consisting of a performance of the finished opera itself. As such, the work can almost be seen as Britten’s operatic counterpart to The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra. Yet despite the light-hearted approach, The Little Sweep is also a morality tale in which Sam the sweep boy is sold into service and bullied by his elders in a manner reminiscent of Peter Grimes. Thus the work embodies a rounded and involving theatrical experience, introducing young audiences to the conventions of opera by means of a simple yet affecting story with which they can sympathise and identify. That Britten undoubtedly succeeded in his aim is demonstrated by the work’s universal appeal and popularity.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Britten-Pears Library


Ethics, History, Society

Grabación recomendada
David Hemmings/Jennifer Vyvyan/Peter Pears/Nancy Evans/Alleyn's School Choir/English Opera Group/Benjamin Britten
Decca 436 3932

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Little Sweep audience part - choral unisonUnison> Detalles
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The Little Sweep, op. 45 - librettoLibretto (English)> Detalles
The Little Sweep, op. 45 - study scoreStudy Score - Hawkes Pocket Score 776> Detalles
The Little Sweep, op. 45 - vocal score(Vocal Score)> Detalles

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