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Friday Afternoons, Op. 7 : (1933-35) Unison Voices and Piano (Unison) : Britten : Unison voices and piano : # M060105005
Friday Afternoons, Op. 7 : (1933-35) Unison Voices and Piano (Unison) : Britten : Unison voices and piano : # M060105005

Friday Afternoons, Op. 7 : (1933-35) Unison Voices and Piano (Unison) : Britten : Unison voices and piano : # M060105005

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Friday Afternoons; Op. 7 : (1933-35) Unison Voices and Piano (Unison) : Britten, : Benjamin Britten : BH Large Choral Series : Unison voices and piano : Published by Boosey & Hawkes : # M060105005
Friday Afternoons; Op. 7 by : Benjamin Britten

Twelve children's songs with piano accompaniment

Texts:1. Begone; dull care (anon.)

2. A tragic story (William Makepeace Thackeray)

3. Cuckoo! (Jane Taylor) (in 2 parts; 2nd ad lib.)

4. “Ee-Oh!” (anon.)

5. A New Year Carol (anon.)

6. I mun be married on Sunday (Nicholas Udall)

7. There was a man of Newington (anon.)

8. Fishing Song (Izaac Walton)

9. The useful plough (anon.)

10. Jazz-Man (Eleanor Farjeon)

11. There was a monkey (anon.)

12. Old Abram Brown (anon.) (in 4 parts)

(13.) Lone Dog (Irene Mc.Leod)

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Difficulty level: 1-2

This set of mainly unison songs for young voices is a gift for a concert of music for upper voices. It is a substantial work taken as a whole but its individual movements are both short and straightforward in their various challenges. Britten wrote the work for the boys of his brother's preparatory school (age 7-13); Clive House; Prestatyn; in Wales to sing. However he encountered a problem with copyright over the use of the Lone Dog. He therefore wrote Begone; dull care to replace it. When these issues were resolved years later the song was included as an appendix item in the 1994 edition.

The real beauty of these songs is that Britten never writes down for the children. These are art songs in the best sense of the word and mix both dark and light humour with seriousness and romance to create a little world of changing scenes and emotions. The texts are; as always; carefully chosen to give Britten maximum variety of mood and to challenge and encourage the childrens interest and involvement. The piano parts carry a lot of the responsibility for the creation of mood and atmosphere and ideally need a pianist of reasonable accomplishment to do them justice. In There was a monkey Britten writes an increasingly challenging part which is very effective in making the charged mood rise to its climax. However; he writes an easier alternative part which can be played if the pianist finds the other too difficult.

The mixture of texts gives Britten wonderful opportunities for word painting. The lively Begone

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Friday Afternoons (performance excerpt)

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PublisherBoosey & Hawkes
Format Unison voices and piano
Length x Width x Height10.5 x 6.75 x 0.129   inches
Shipping Weight0.38 pounds
East Coast Music Product Code ZHL48011758
UPC Code73999249293
Voicing DescriptionUnison
1st Publication Date06/2004

Title:         BEGONE; DULL CARE
Title:         TRAGIC STORY; A
Title:         CUCKOO!
Title:         EE-OH!
Title:         NEW YEAR CAROL; A
Title:         FISHING SONG
Title:         USEFUL PLOUGH; THE
Title:         JAZZ-MAN
Title:         THERE WAS A MONKEY
Title:         OLD ABRAM BROWN
Title:         LONE DOG