Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1946)

Variations and fugue on a theme by Henry Purcell, for narrator and orchestra, or solo orchestra

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1946
    • Duration : 17 mn
    • Publisher : Boosey & Hawkes
    • Dedication : 'This work is affectionately dedicated to the children of John and Jean Maud : Humphrey, Pamea, Caroline and Virginia, for their edification and entertainment'
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      Texte optionnel d’Eric Crozier

Detailed formation
  • soloist : 1 narrator [optionnel]
  • 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 3 percussionists, 1 timpani, 1 harp, strings

Premiere information

  • Date : 15 October 1946
    Location :

    Liverpool


    Performers :

    le Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, direction : Sir Malcom Sargent.

Observations

Version précédente : Instruments of the Orchestra, film , 1946, Crown Film Unit.