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Benjamin Britten’s

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Friday Afternoons

Children's voices, Piano

Friday Afternoons was composed for the schoolboys at Clive House, Prestatyn, the prep-school where Britten's elder brother Robert was headmaster. The children regularly had music lessons on a Friday afternoon, hence the title, and the songs were composed over a (for Britten) long period between 1933 and 1935. They are charming and relatively simple settings, suitable for children's voices, but with characteristically quirky piano parts. Since 2013, Snape Maltings has run a very successful education project based on Britten's original songs along with a whole new repertoire of specially-commissioned new songs for children.

Audio extracts courtesy of Decca Classics. Choir of Downside School, Purley; Viola Tunnard (piano) (1967).

Text Author
Various
Length
20 minutes
Language
English
Vocal Range
Publisher
Boosey and Hawkes
Type
Collection
Voice Type
Children's voices
Accompaniment
Piano
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