Medium voice, Piano
The collection Evening, Morning, Night was written at very short notice in 1944 during the composition of Peter Grimes for Ronald Duncan’s drama This Way to the Tomb. This small group includes expansive vocal lines over exuberant arpeggios in the accompaniment in the first song (with perhaps the last vestiges of the ‘blues’ harmonies Britten generally restricted to incidental music scores); playful cross-rhythms in ‘Morning’; and in ‘Night’, a subject Britten constantly returned to his vocal works, one of his favourite musical devices: a passacaglia.
Audio extracts courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd, London. Ian Bostridge (tenor) and Graham Johnson (piano).
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