Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70 by Benjamin Britten. Nocturnal was composed in by English composer Benjamin Britten and was. Benjamin Britten. Nocturnal after John Dowland. In Britten received a $3, Aspen (Colorado) award given by the Institute of Humanistic Studies to . Benjamin Britten. Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on.

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Benjamin Britten Collector’s Edition. This album changed everything. There is also that bit of Bream’s Masterclass with this piece on YouTube, which provides bfitten assistance on a few parts. Classical Guitar Skip to content.

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This site uses cookies. The piece remains edgy the whole way britteb, the variations giving the guitarist plenty of freedom for expression but only occasionally falling to a slower tempo. My examiner was John Mills which only added to the pressure to the recital which was also open to the public, recorded and from memory!!

The fourth movement, “Uneasy,” maintains the nervous, dark mood with ponderous music that lurches ahead at times and stalls at others. Email required Address never made public. And if you’re going to embark on that piece you shouldn’t have difficulty fingering the Dowland. It is also, not surprisingly, the most multifaceted, but again the sense briyten restiveness dominates. Reflections on a song of John Dowland, a work for viola and piano, reset for viola noctirnal orchestra inBritten’s final year.

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Benjamin Britten’s &quot -Nocturnal&quot – – Classical Guitar

There’s nothing britteb with pleasure is there? One thing that I learned while watching Julian Bream play it, besides the fingerings for the Dowland, is that it is not nine pieces of music, it is one piece of music. Kevin Aram “Torres”, Stephan Schlemper “Transparence”, Whatever you can do to have a good time, let’s get on with it so long as it doesn’t cause a murder English Music for Solo Guitar.


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This perfectly encapsulates the slippage between sleep and death, between rest and disturbance. There is very little bluster here, more music of compressed thought, with not a note wasted. I’m not sure I’ll ever play it, but the arrival of the Dowland at the end of nocyurnal variations is one of my favorite moments in classical guitar music. The Blue Guitar; Britten: Brutten was the reason for not fingering the Dowland?

The Lion And The Lute: That’s what I say. Never tire of it.

I’m also looking at Songs from the Chinese. Julian Bream Edition, Volume 1: We should aim at pleasing people today as seriously as we can, and letting the future look after itself…I do not write for posterity – in any case, the outlook for that is somewhat uncertain. With thanks to Hyperion. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Introspection Late Night Partying. The first movement is dreamy and ethereal, having that typically Britten -esque fantasy-like character.

I would love to sit down with Bream himself, and work through it although that may push his patience a bit too far!

You get this contortion in the Passacagliaand those tremendous runs, then the whole thing sort of winds down into E major with that little run in the bass, very slow. Now a couple of disclaimers; 1 this piece is open to a variety of interpretations so there’s no suggestion that this is the “right” way to do it 2 looking at the score looking only — I’m a few lifetimes away from playing it some rallentandos in this section at the ends of phrases are encouraged so there’s plenty of scope for more “expressive” renditions of the finale.


The middle panel, “March-like,” despite its title, also brims with tension, but Britten adds a touch of humor in the quirky pacing and oafish character of the melodic material.

It was such a challenge and took at least a year of constant work. Pity I don’t have this version anymore. Le Cri de Noctrnal. Unfortunately none of the versions listed above is available on Spotify, but there is an enjoyable account from Jukka Savijoki that can be heard on this albumwhich includes Ian Partridge singing songs for tenor and guitar.

Bream, did you not give us fingering for the last movement? Leave a Reply Nocturhal reply Enter your comment here I’m brittfn familiar with his RCA version so I can’t compare. In his published response to this award, Britten said he believed in “occasional music …Almost every piece I have ever written has been composed with a certain occasion in mind, and usually for definite performers.

That said Craig Ogden is extremely good, and the disc of Dowland songs that this account bisects is a really good idea. Nocturnal after John Dowland: