Britten in an hour

Britten in an hour

Solem Quartet

Here we pair Britten’s second or third quartet, and the delightful Three Divertimenti with composers which deeply influenced his compositional voice. Britten was fascinated with the work of Purcell – famously borrowing his theme from Abdelazar for his ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’. Purcell’s Chacony would be paired with Britten’s second quartet. He was also deeply indebted to Frank Bridge, his compositional teacher, whose charming character pieces Three Novelleten could be performed here too, with the third quartet.

Benjamin Britten – Three Divertimenti
Frank Bridge – Three Novellettens or Henry Purcell, arr. Benjamin Britten – Chacony in G minor
Benjamin Britten – String Quartet no. 3 in G major, op. 94 or Benjamin Britten – String Quartet no. 2 in C major, op. 36