This international ensemble of crack musicians reveals the next generation’s star soloists; led by violinist Markus Däunert (leader of the Mahler Chamber. Serenade. op. 31 (). for tenor, horn, and strings. Duration: 24′ Peter Pears, tenor / Dennis Brain, horn / orchestral ensemble / Walter Goehr far-off, primeval innocence, the Serenade is an extraordinary example of Britten’s ability to set. The BBC work page for Serenade for tenor, horn and strings.

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On his way back from America inBritten began two choral works, Hymn to Saint Cecilia and A Ceremony of Carols, that were premiered the same year.

But morale-boosting concerts with tenor Peter Pears both were conscientious objectors and already lifelong partners preoccupied them for the next 11 months.

The whole sequence forms an Elegy or Nocturnal, as Donne would have called it. The horn plays unaccompanied on natural rather than tempered harmonics at the beginning and the end, onstage in the Prologue.

Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31

In the Pastoral, the first song, in D flat, Charles Cotton ‘s seventeenth century words “could be a description of a Constable landscape In the succeeding Nocturne words by Alfred Lord TennysonABA form, E flat and C majorthe horn echoes and later embellishes its partner’s jaunty, triplet-filled melody. Next, in the Blake Elegy, subject matter darkens the music landscape.


Its extended horn preface and postlude are dominated by descending half-step intervals, eerily so at the end — symbolizing “the sense of sin” that had its origin, for Brittenin boarding and public schools that he both dreaded and despised. The anonymous, fifteenth century Lyke Wake Dirge follows in grim G minor, and is keened by the tenor at the upper extreme of his voice, keeping the half-step intervals from the Elegy.

Here, however, they ascend. Carpenter calls this “a relentless funeral march in the strings The B flat setting of Ben Jonson ‘s Hymn to Diana, goddess of brtiten moon as well as the chase, is marked “presto e leggiero. From offstage, the horn repeats the Prologue note for note in an Epilogue.

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