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Advance Democracy : (1938) SSAATTBB a cappella (SSAATTBB A Cappella) : Britten : SSAATTBB a cappella : # M051431922
Advance Democracy : (1938) SSAATTBB a cappella (SSAATTBB A Cappella) : Britten : SSAATTBB a cappella : # M051431922


 
Advance Democracy : (1938) SSAATTBB a cappella (SSAATTBB A Cappella) : Britten : SSAATTBB a cappella : # M051431922

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Advance Democracy : (1938) SSAATTBB a cappella (SSAATTBB A Cappella) : Britten, : Benjamin Britten : BH Secular Choral Series : SSAATTBB a cappella : Published by Boosey & Hawkes : # M051431922
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Advance Democracy by : Benjamin Britten


for SSAATTBB unaccompanied

Text: Randall Swingler

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Difficulty level: 2

Advance Democracy is a piece of unabashed political propaganda commissioned by the London Co-operative Society. At a time of great anxiety in Europe and on the eve of the second World War; this poem by Randall Swingler paints a dark picture of the threat of dictatorship if democracy doesn't 'rise up and cry that what our fathers fought for well not allow to die'. It is a strange piece and its overtly political message makes it quite difficult to programme except as a curiosity. Britten; however; paints a very clever picture with a long legato line moving constantly through the texture from soprano to bass and back much in the manner which he had used in The Three Kings in A Boy was Born. Around this swirling figure the other parts sing sharply punctuated chords which are full of menace. The final section moves into the major (Britten's brightly flag-waving C major) and the ending is forcefully emphatic.

The best way to perform this piece is to take the words at face value and sing them as Swingler intended; with passion and involvement taking care to really follow Britten's careful performance instructions as to articulation and dynamics.

Duration: 3 minutes

Paul Spicer; Lichfield; 2011

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Advance Democracy (performance excerpt)

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          PRODUCT INFORMATION

PublisherBoosey & Hawkes
Format SSAATTBB a cappella
Pages12
Length x Width x Height10.5 x 6.75 x 0.029   inches
Shipping Weight0.10 pounds
East Coast Music Product Code ZHL48003266
UPC Code73999569780
Voicing DescriptionSSAATTBB A Cappella
CodeM051431922
1st Publication Date06/2004