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Publisher: Chester Music

Two Portraits for String Orchestra (1930),
Work Notes
No.1 'David Layton' for string orchestra - Poco presto No. 2 'E. B. B.' for solo viola and string orchestra - Poco Lento
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Sub Category
String Orchestra
Year Composed
1930
Duration
15 Minutes
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Benjamin Britten Two Portraits for String Orchestra (1930),
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.


  • Ensemble
    European Camerata
    Conductor
    Laurent Quenelle
    Fuga Libera:
  • Ensemble
    Halle Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Gidon Kremer, violin; Yuri Bashmet, viola
    Conductor
    Kent Nagano
    Elatus:
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