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2(II=picc).2.2.2-; reduced version:

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Britten composed two sparkling orchestral suites both based on themes by Rossini – Soirées musicales and Matineés musicales, op. 24. They revel in dance rhythms (both were choreographed by Balanchine) and demonstrate Britten’s orchestral mastery and tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. Widely performed by amateur and youth orchestras, these two suites provide substantial and exciting additions to any children’s or pops concert.


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