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The child composed incessantly: much of his supposed juvenilia is of more than merely academic interest. To read how this precocious boy maneuvered the adults around him in order to have lessons with Frank Bridge is to understand the insight and surety that he possessed at the age of eleven.
He chose wisely, for Bridge, who had no previous experience teaching composition whatsoever, turned out to be the perfect mentor. From such beginnings, Britten moved from strength to strength until he was a national figure in his twenties and an international figure by his thirties. Like Vaughan Williams, Britten arranged British folksongs.
For their devotion and generosity, both composers were awarded the highest honor offered by their nation, the Order of Merit.
While it is true that Vaughan Williams had his circle of admirers, he eschewed anyone or anything that smacked of hero-worship or sycophancy. Britten, on the other hand, needed constant reassurance on a scale not seen since the death of the narcissistic Edward Elgar. In a very real and ongoing sense, the Aldeburgh Festival is one of the greatest gifts ever given by a composer to a nation. This paradox, as well as the covert hostility leveled toward Britten during his lifetime, is exemplified neatly by an episode in the life of the decidedly heterosexual composer Gerald Finzi.
This cannot be swept under the carpet, as the sufferings of boys provide a major theme that chimes throughout such works as Peter Grimes, Billy Budd, The Turn of the Screw, and Curlew River, as well as in religious works such as Saint Nicholas, with its recounting of a miracle in which the saint revives a hapless group of pickled boys. At the same time, Britten suffered intensely from his attraction to boys. He was repressed; he often felt guilty; he suffered unimaginable torment at times.
In this, certainly, he is a role model: he learned his craft completely; he practiced it daily; he aimed at excellence; and he gave of himself until the end. Britten literally worked himself to death.
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His accomplishment is unique and precious. Britten was a great British composer who reached an international audience: he is the heir to Dunstable, Byrd, Purcell, Elgar, Holst, and Vaughan Williams, among others. The Aldeburgh Festival continues today, a benefice to Sussex, to Britain, and to the world. Pour out your presence, O delight, cascading The falls of the knee and the weirs of the spine, Our climate of silence and doubt invading: You, alone, alone, O imaginary song, Are unable to say an existence is wrong, And pour out your forgiveness like a wine.
Labels: anniversary , Britten , Saint Cecilia. Ben and Peter. And Aaron. As we celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten 22 November , the place of his music in the canon of the Anglophone world and beyond seems secure and relatively unproblematic as the Britten site demonstrates. The fact that his idiom remained, for the most part, accessible and deeply rooted in the traditions of his immediate predecessors is no longer a source of anxiety.
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Sixty years ago, however, the situation was rather more complex. In fact Britten appropriated techniques and sounds not only from Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Berg, but also from the traditions of Balinese gamelan and the Japanese Noh. Moreover, such acquisitions did not supplant existing components in his repertoire of musical resources, but co-existed with them. It is wholly characteristic of Britten that two instrumental works— Lachrymae viola and piano, and Nocturnal guitar, —which are radical in their transformation of melodic patterns into harmonic elements, were based on songs by English Renaissance composer John Dowland.
In the early s, Britten himself seemed rather unconcerned about his place within larger patterns of musical history. These people are dangerous—not because they are necessarily of any importance in themselves, but because they make the composer, above all the young composer, self-conscious, and instead of writing his own music, music which springs naturally from his gift and personality, he may be frightened into writing pretentious nonsense or deliberate obscurity. That Britten articulated his sentiments in a speech delivered at Aspen seems particularly apt: his years in Canada and the USA —42 coincided with a crucial stage in his evolution as a composer.
Moving away from relatively overt references to continental modernism that characterized his works in the early- to mids, Britten embraced a more communicative style in such works as the concluding passacaglia of the Violin Concerto and the Sinfonia da requiem This stylistic shift allowed the composer to work on a larger scale and to invest his music with greater musical and emotional richness. His friendship with Aaron Copland from undoubtedly contributed to this development. I do not write for posterity. I write music, now, in Aldeburgh, for people living there, and further afield, indeed for anyone who cares to play it or listen to it.
But my music now has its roots in where I live and work. And I only came to realise that in California in That Britten defined his usefulness solely in terms of his creative work is understandable. Indeed, his conviction that composing formed the central part of his life formed at an early age: At a tennis party in my youth I was asked what I was going to do when I grew up—what job I was aiming at. Britten was right: he did become a composer, and one whose music shows every sign of continuing to connect with audiences; unwittingly, so was his interlocutor, because Britten became much else as well.
By the early s, it was clear that he was an exceptional accompanist, and in the s he emerged as a conductor of rare insight. Naturally shy, even reserved, Britten nevertheless inspired great loyalty from some colleagues, and with their aid he founded an opera company, the English Opera Group —80 and a festival at Aldeburgh —.
Other endeavors included the construction of a concert hall at Snape, near Aldeburgh and the provision of crucial start-up funding for Faber Music —. Not a teacher in any formal sense—although composers and performers such as Robert Saxton and Graham Johnson have acknowledged the value of the informal advice he offered—Britten encouraged various educational programs, not least the formation in of the Opera Studio under the auspices of the English Opera Group, and the masterclasses by Peter Pears that evolved into the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies now the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
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Subscribe to: Posts Atom. Robert D. Many renewed their relationship with Jesus and everyone came to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I taught on the first night about Jesus' healing of the paralytic, Tuesday morning, on how to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and on Tuesday night gave testimonial of how I had seen Jesus work healing in people's lives through the years, including my own. It was testimony and thanksgiving night. All the team, Bob,David, Pol and I gave our testimonies. Bob did a beautiful job when he sang his testimony.
There were about in attendance on Monday night, 50 or 60 during the day on Tuesday many are farmers and had to be in their fields - mostly rice and vegetable crops , and again about or so on Tuesday night. On Tuesday afternoon Bob and Pol 3rd from left in picture led workshop for the people on healing of relationships. At the same time David and I met with Mateo's church leadership to talk about their proposed starting of a Bible School. David had much wisdom in suggesting that they have, instead, a school for practical ministry, thus not being in competition with the denomination's seminary.
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Their school could include practical things like healing, how to share the Gospel,discipleship,etc. The council agreed and plan to follow the counsel that David and I gave them during that session. Many expressed a desire for us to return in the near future. My prayer is that God will allow that to happen. They are both doing well.
We are glad they decided to not go on the Belance trip for it was a very long and hard ride. At the same time we are sorry they missed out on the joy of meeting the beautiful people there. It is good to be back with them and look forward to our next events in Quezon City. Bob left this morning Thursday to go fishing with a couple of the pastors we have known from previous trips to the Philippines. It is a beautiful day so they should have a great time. I have a picture of a real "whopper? Tomorrow morning we return to a hotel in Quezon City and then go to Pampanga for a healing service tomorrow night, and on Saturday to Puno UMC, David's church in Quezon City for full day conference with pastor's and church workers.
Sunday noon we head for home. I' m going to attach two or three more pictures, to separate emails. For now,God bless all of you and thanks for keeping us in your prayers. God is answering them. Hi everyone, This has been one of those WOW! There were over women and a few men present.