Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

The Burning Fiery Furnace (1966)

second Parable for church performance
[La Fournaise ardente, seconde parabole d'église]


stage work

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1966 - 05 apr 1966
    • Duration : 1 h 4 mn
    • Publisher : Faber Music
    • Opus : 77
    • Dedication : 'to Donald and Kathleen Mitchell'
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      William Plomer d’après le Livre de Daniel (en anglais), Ludwig Landgraf (allemand), Armand Bex (français)

Detailed formation
  • soloists : 2 solo tenors [Nebuchadnezzar, Misael] , 3 solo baritones [Astrologer/the Abbot, Ananias, Herald/Leader of Courtiers] , 1 solo bass voice [Azarias]
  • unspecified choir
  • 1 flute (also 1 piccolo), 1 horn, 1 alto trombone, 1 viola, 1 double bass (also 1 drum [balylonien] ), 1 harp [aussi petite harpe] , 1 percussionist, 1 organ [de chambre] (also 1 finger cymbals)

Premiere information

  • Date : 9 June 1966
    Location :

    Angleterre, Aldeburgh Festival, Oxford Church


    Performers :

    English Opera Group, direction : Benjamin Britten ; production : Colin Graham.