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Benjamin Britten

Publisher: Chester Music

A Boy was Born, Op. 3 (1933),
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1933
Duration
30 Minutes
Chorus
trebles, SATB
Orchestration
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Benjamin Britten A Boy was Born, Op. 3 (1933),
The fair copy was completed on 31 May 1933. The first edition included a piano part for rehearsal only. OUP sought an estimate for printing offprints of all the individual movements in 1933, though only the theme and variations 3-5 were issued separately (see below). However, in 1938, 230 copies of variation 1 were produced especially for the Cambridge University Music Society. [OUP file 251] The work was revised in October 1955 for the performance by the Purcell Singers; [see notes to original Decca recording and BB to OUP, 16.07.1957 and date on 1958 edition] the optional organ part (edited by Ralph Downes) was added in 1957-58, and replaced the piano part in the score. [It was probably completed in late 1958: see IH to OUP: 13.02.1958 (OUP Archive)]


  • Ensemble
    Corydon Singers / Westminster Cathedral Singers
    Soloist(s)
    Thomas Throtter (organ)
    Conductor
    Matthew Best
    Helios:
  • Ensemble
    Holst Singers
    Soloist(s)
    Susan Gritton, Catherine Wyn-Rogers
    Conductor
    Stephen Layton
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