Britten, Benjamin : Diversions  op. 21 (1940, rev.1954)  23'

for piano (left hand) and orchestra

2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=Ebcl).asax(ad lib).2.dbn- harp-strings
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Written for the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who also commissioned works from Ravel, Prokofiev, Korngold and Richard Strauss among others), Diversions is a brilliant score in which the simple theme is transformed in the various forms and genres, culminating in a virtuosic sprint to the finish in a driving, whirlwind tarantella.

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