Benjamin Britten in the ‘s. What better piece to start us off in this new category than Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70 by Benjamin. Benjamin Britten. Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. It is my dream to be able to play Nocturnal, but I have thus far only tried to play the final movement, with very little success, so I have shelved it.

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It’s difficult to put these feelings in directions. The ensuing Passacaglia, at nearly five minutes, is the longest movement. Another Troy for Her.

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Britten had previously nocyurnal music by Dowland, nocturnxl he greatly admired, in Lachrymae: Home News Contacts Copyright. Programmatic in nature, the Nocturnal after John Dowland is reflective, probably of insomnia, ending in the oblivion of the heavy sleep invoked by Dowland.

A Tribute to Benjamin Britten. Back in the 60s our small town librairian one nocturnnal gave me a call and said,”I have something for you.

I’m not sure I’ll ever play it, but the arrival of the Dowland at the end of the variations is one of my favorite moments in classical guitar music. Forum guitare classique – Forum chitarra classica – Foro guitarra clasica – Free sheet music for classical guitar – Delcamp.

The middle panel, “March-like,” despite its title, also brims with tension, but Britten adds a touch of humor in the quirky pacing and oafish character of the melodic material.

The basic thing about playing the guitar is the pleasure you get from it. There’s nothing wrong with pleasure is there? Here’s the exact answer to your question. The Henze, Martin and Britten nlcturnal had more reach than I understood at the time.


She knew that I was not going to bring it back, so she noctyrnal two. Nocturnal after John Dowland consists of nine movements, with a theme taken from Dowland ‘s song, Come heavy sleep, presented in the opening panel, titled “Musingly,” followed by eight variants. We should aim at pleasing people today as seriously as we can, and letting the future look after itself…I do not write for posterity – in any case, the outlook for that is somewhat uncertain.

Ichiro Suzuki Guitar Recital. What was the reason for not fingering the Dowland? It is also, not surprisingly, the most multifaceted, but again the sense of restiveness dominates. Board index All times are UTC. In his published response to this award, Britten said he believed in “occasional music …Almost every piece I have ever written has been composed with a certain occasion in mind, and usually for definite performers.

The theme, John Dowland’s Come, heavy sleep, emerges in complete form only at the close of the eight variations, with each variation having some distorted feature of the theme or its accompaniment. Le Cri de Merlin.

Classical Guitar Skip to content. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Benjammin Day Relaxation Road Trip. After the drama and tumult of the passacaglia this very pure, hyaline presentation of the mocturnal was very affecting.

Bream, did you not give us fingering for the last movement? Genre Chamber Music Classical. Streams Videos All Posts. I think Bream’s second EMI recording sustains a remarkable sense of anticipation and purpose during the passacaglia, moreso than most interpretations I’ve heard.

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Nocturnal after John Dowland, Opus Guitar Book: Benjamin Britten

Then the lute starts up — the Dowland originaland the colour of the guitar must change. I look forward to hearing about other peoples’ experience with this piece, should this thread take off. The first movement is dreamy and ethereal, having that typically Britten -esque fantasy-like character. I also played it in a recital in 98 and now will again in March.


And if you’re going to embark on that piece you shouldn’t have difficulty fingering the Dowland. I think I’ll have a look for it. Pity I don’t have this version anymore. This mater piece can only be played by the true master. The two succeeding panels, titled “Very agitated” and “Restless,” respectively, are lively and tense, with the latter less energetic, less driven, but more ominous and threatening. The fourth movement, “Uneasy,” maintains the nervous, dark mood with ponderous music that lurches ahead at times and stalls at others.

The seventh movement, “Gently rocking,” brims with energy in descending repeating notes that seem nervously in search of something.

Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. 70

I write music, now, in Aldeburgh, for people living there, and further afield, indeed for anyone who cares to play it or listen to it. There is also that bit of Bream’s Masterclass with this piece on YouTube, which britteen additional assistance on a few parts.

What other major contemporary pieces do you guys like? Manage to get all the fingerings, position etc It is my dream to be able to play Nocturnal, but I have thus far only tried to play the final movement, with very little success, so I have shelved it for the time being.

That’s what I say. It was such a challenge and took at least a year of constant work.

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