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Serenade for Tenor, Op. 31

(Tenor solo with Horns and Strings)

By Benjamin Britten

French Horn, Piano, Strings, Voice (Vocal Score)
(Tenor solo with Horns and Strings). Composed by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Boosey & Hawkes Voice. 36 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M060015236. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48008997).

Item Number: HL.48008997

9x12 inches.

This masterly work was written for the combined musical talents of Peter Pears and Dennis Brain. Framed by a horn solo played on natural harmonics to evoke an atmosphere of far-off, primeval innocence, the Serenade is an extraordinary example of Britten's ability to set an anthology of texts bound together by a similar theme, in this case, the world of night, sleep and dreams. The twilight atmosphere that characterizes this beautiful and evocative work is offset by the two settings that form its centerpiece, the “worm in the rose” of Blake's Elegy and a nightmarish setting of the anonymous 15th-century Lyke Wake Dirge. This item is a vocal score only.

  • Epilogue 
  • Prologue 
  • Sonnet 
  • Hymn 
  • Pastoral 
  • Elegy 
  • Chanson Triste (Tchaikovsky) 
  • DIRGE (From Twelve Rounds) 

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  • December 15, 2014 Serenade fro Tenor, Op. 31

    This is a wonderful edition, but how do I get the string parts?

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  • November 13, 2012 Description is somewhat misleading

    A vary good edition. However, the description is somewhat misleading. The edition includes a full score which shows the original tenor part, a transposing-score original horn part, and a piano reduction of the string accompaniment. A horn in F 'pull-out' is also provided.

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