Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op. 49, by Benjamin Britten, Britten composed this work for solo oboe for the oboist Joy Boughton who premiered the piece. Metamorphoses after Britten are just that: four miniatures, each inspired by one of Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe. Benjamin Britten. Metamorphoses (6) after Ovid, for oboe solo, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓.

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Homage to Paderewski Variations on an Elizabethan Theme The music of the first metamorphosis echoes the “free-spirited” character of its titular figure: Ovid’s greatest work, Metamorphoses, is a fifteen-volume treatise of the disillusionment of his generation described in terms of the instability of nature.

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AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. The next real concert piece after the Metamorphoses would be the Sonata for cello and piano of Genre Chamber Music Classical. Retrieved 2 August Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.

Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op. 49, by Benjamin Britten, 1951.

The third is slower and is marked piangendoor “crying”. Views Read Edit View history. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. This contrasts with the second metamorphosis, a quick and rhythmic representation of the chariot ride of Phaeton, marked vivace ritmico.


By virtue of the music being written for a solo instrument, Britten allows the performer licence to be highly expressive.

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However rich in tone, it is basically without extensive change in color throughout its two-and-a-half octave range and is generally monophonic. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The work focuses six episodes into musical sequences that give full expression to both Britten ‘s melodic ingenuity and the oboe’s expressive range, which is expanded to include far more than just traditional technical idioms and coloristic possibilities.

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Obviously, the many fermatas and rests that pop up throughout this and the other five movements are not only for the purposes of isolating different musical fragments, but also designed to keep the performer from passing out. Introspection Late Night Partying. Certainly one might well wonder, upon first encountering the Metamorphoses, why Britten chose an instrument as seemingly limited as the oboe.

It is dedicated to oboist Joy Boughtondaughter of Benjamin Britten’s friend and fellow composer Rutland Boughtonwho gave the first performance at the Aldeburgh Festival on 14 June Metamorphhoses, non-linear use of pseudo-traditional harmonies such as triads, dominant seventh chords with irregular resolutions, etc.

Works for Oboe and Piano. Benjamin Britten Collector’s Edition. Britten ‘s only work for solo oboe takes Ovid’s famous literary work by the same name as its starting point.


Home News Contacts Copyright. Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. Pan, for instance, is written without a time signature. By restricting himself so thoroughly, the musical processes can remain pure throughout the six movements. Benjamin Britten ‘s Six Metamorphoses for oboe solo, Op. Booe characteristics of each God can therefore be fully represented through the performance.

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In metamorphosex, Britten was primarily concerned with writing his opera Billy Budd. Yet, upon further acquaintance with the music, it becomes clear that it is these very restrictions that attracted Britten to the instrument and which allow his melodic and harmonic metamorphoses to take center stage, unfolding with great clarity.

In the same year Britten composed six little pieces for solo oboe, to be performed by Joy Boughton daughter of the composer Rutland Boughton during the Aldeburgh Festival.

Benjamin Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Benjamin Britten was an enthusiastic composer of music for his close friends and colleagues, including solo works for cello, harp, and oboe.

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