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A Boy Was Born op. 3 : (1932-33) SATB a cappella : Britten : SATB a cappella : # CH76670
A Boy Was Born op. 3 : (1932-33) SATB a cappella : Britten : SATB a cappella : # CH76670


 
A Boy Was Born op. 3 : (1932-33) SATB a cappella : Britten : SATB a cappella : # CH76670

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A Boy Was Born op. 3 : (1932-33) SATB a cappella : Britten, : Benjamin Britten : Choral Series : SATB a cappella : Published by Chester Music : # CH76670
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A Boy Was Born op. 3 by : Benjamin Britten


Choral Variations for unaccompanied* SATB with boys' voices

Texts:Theme A Boy was Born Anon. 16th century

Variation 1 Lullay; Jesu Anon. before 1536

Variation 2 Herod Anon. before 1529

Variation 3 Jesu; as Thou art our saviour Anon. 15th Century

Variation 4 The Three Kings Anon. 15th Century

Variation 5 In the bleak mid-winter Christina Rossetti

Lully; lulley; lully; lulley Anon. before 1536

Variation 6 (Finale) Noel!; Welcome Yule Anon. 15th century

Christmas Thomas Tusser A Christmas Carol Francis Quarles

Publisher: Chester Music

Difficulty level: 5

*an organ part was created by Ralph Downes in 1957-58 which should only be used in extremis.

The extent of Britten's early genius can; to some extent; be measured by thiswork. Written while a student at the Royal College of Music aged only 19 itdemonstrates the most precocious creative gifts. A rock-solid technique is evident; but also the ability to develop ideas over a large span of time (this is a major work) and; while testing even the best of choirs to its limits; Britten nevertheless always writes within the grasp of what is possible; and not only possible but supremely effective. Each movement contributes to the developing relationship with the initial theme; while also sitting perfectly within the sense of an unfolding 'Suite' of movements. The conductor needs to realise the tempo relationships and the contrasts of mood; pace and dynamics; and judge the scale of each movement in relation to the others.

One of the issues with this work is that it requires a boys' choir in addition to the main choir. This; of course; can also be a girls' or even a mixed group of upper voices. It does have to be a separate group; however; and in some performances they also have their own conductor; but they should not be placed at a distance due to the intricacy of their part in relation to the whole.

A Boy was Born is one of the most excitingly satisfying of Britten's choral works. While it should not be undertaken by any but the most ambitious amateur choirs; its challenges are certainly surmountable with a good run of rehearsals.

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PublisherChester Music
Format SATB a cappella
Pages4
Length x Width x Height9.75 x 6.75 x 0.015   inches
Shipping Weight0.03 pounds
East Coast Music Product Code ZHL14041340
UPC Code884088645694
CodeCH76670
1st Publication Date12/2010

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