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Benjamin Britten

Publisher: Chester Music

The World of the Spirit (1938)
Text Writer
compiled by R. Ellis Roberts
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
42 Minutes
Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor

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Programme Note
Benjamin Britten The World of the Spirit (1938)
The first performance was broadcast on Whit Sunday, 1938. The plainsong 'Veni creator spiritus' (Vespers hymn for Whit Sunday) is used in the Prelude to Part I, nos 6a-c and 6f in Part II and as the conclusion to Part III. Britten made a further setting of Hopkins's 'The world is charged' as God's Grandeur in A.M.D.G. The extensive original spoken texts have been abridged by Donald Mitchell and the work may be performed with or without these.

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  • Ensemble
    BBC Philharmonic / Britten Singers
    Richard Hickox
  • Conductor
    David Hill
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  • 30 NOV 2017
    St. Olaf College, Skoglund Auditorium, Northfield, MN
    St. Olaf College Orchestra
    Steve Amundson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    1-3 December - St. Olaf College, Skoglund Auditorium, Northfield, MN
  • 24 NOV 2013
    Grand Rapids, USA
    Evangelical Choral Society
  • 23 NOV 2013
    Eccleshall Parish Church, Eccleshall
    Hallam Choral Society
  • 02 NOV 2013
    Friedrich-Ebert_Halle, Hamburg, Germany
    Sinfonietta Lubeck
  • 15 JUN 2013
    Troisdorf, Germany
    Collegium Johannensee
    Cantor Brigitte Rauscher, conductor
  • 15 JUN 2013
    St Johannes Evangelische Kirche Troisdorf, Germany
    Cantor Brigitte Rauscher, conductor
  • 09 JUN 2013
    Cologne, Germany
    Rodenkirchener Kammerorchester
    Harald Jers, conductor
  • 09 JUN 2013
    Kolner Philharmonie, Koln, Germany
    Nicole remote clean, soprano; Alexandra Thomas, alto; Wolfgang Klose, tenor; Michael Adair, bass; Harald Jers, conductor
  • 19 NOV 2011
    Troisdorf, Germany
    Collegium Johannense
  • 24 FEB 2011
    Bloomington, IN
    Indiana University
    Brian, Schkeeper, conductor

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