Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Nocturne (1958)

for tenor, seven instruments obbligato and string orchestra

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1958
    • Duration : 25 mn
    • Editor : Boosey & Hawkes
    • Opus : 60
    • Dedication : 'To Alma Malher'
    • Livret (détail, auteur) :

      Poésies de Shelley, Tennyson, Coleridge, Middleton, Wordworth, Owen, Keats, Shakespeare.

Detailed formation
  • soliste : 1 solo tenor
  • 1 flute, 1 English horn, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 timpani, 1 harp, strings

Creation information

  • Date : 16 October 1958
    Location :

    Leeds Town hall, Leeds Centenary Festival


    Performers :

    Peter Pears et le B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra, direction : Rudolph Schwarz.

Table of contents

  • Shelley : Prometheus Unbound
  • Tennyson : The Kraken (basson obligato)
  • Coleridge : The Wanderings of Cain (harpe obligato)
  • Middleton : Blurt, Master Constable (cor obligato)
  • Wordworth : The Prelude (1805) (timbales obligato)
  • Owen : The Kind Ghosts (cor anglais ogligato)
  • Keats : Sleep and Poetry (duo flûte et clarinette)
  • Shakespeare : Sonnet 43