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Benjamin Britten’s

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Our Hunting Fathers

High voice, Orchestra

Britten's first song cycle for voice and orchestra was a commission for the Norfolk and Norwich Triennial Festival in 1936. The texts were assembled by W H Auden, and the poet contributed verse for two of the movements himself. The premiere, by Britten's account, was 'catastrophic', performed by an under-rehearsed orchestra unfamiliar with his musical soundworld; and it was followed by critical reception ranging from baffled to condescending. Critical consternation was shared between the experimental qualities of some of the music (in 'Rats away' for example) and the barely disguised left-wing, pacifist sympathies of Auden's text.

Text Author
Various
Year of Composition
13 May - 23 Jul 1936
Length
27 minutes
Language
English
Vocal Range
Publisher
Boosey and Hawkes
Type
Cycle
Voice Type
High voice
Accompaniment
Orchestra
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