Publisher: Chester Music
Two Portraits for String Orchestra (1930)
No.1 'David Layton' for string orchestra - Poco presto
No. 2 'E. B. B.' for solo viola and string orchestra - Poco Lento
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
These pieces were described by the composer as Sketch no. 1 and Sketch no. 2; a third was left unfinished. David Layton (b 1914) was at Gresham's School, Holt, with Britten, as was Peter Floud (1911-1960) who was the subject of the unfinished third sketch (drafted 10-11 September) [diary]. No. 2 is a self-portrait of the composer, featuring his own string instrument, the viola.
Gidon Kremer, violin; Yuri Bashmet, viola