Benjamin Britten in the ‘s. What better piece to start us off in this new category than Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70 by Benjamin. Benjamin Britten. Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. It is my dream to be able to play Nocturnal, but I have thus far only tried to play the final movement, with very little success, so I have shelved it.

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The seventh movement, “Gently rocking,” brims with energy in descending repeating notes that seem nervously in search of something. There’s nothing wrong with pleasure is there? Related Links Britten Page. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Manage to get all the fingerings, position etc I look forward to hearing about other peoples’ experience with this piece, should this thread take off.

My examiner was John Mills which only added to the pressure to the recital which was also open to the public, recorded and from memory!! It was the original theme and the music changes suddenly.

You get this contortion in the Passacagliaand those tremendous runs, then brltten whole thing sort of winds down into E major with that little run in the bass, very slow. Introspection Late Night Partying. After the drama and tumult of the passacaglia this very pure, hyaline presentation of the tune was very affecting.


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I remember a recording by Carlos Bonell. The theme, John Dowland’s Come, heavy sleep, emerges in complete form only at the close of the eight variations, with each variation having some distorted feature of the theme or its accompaniment.

What other major contemporary pieces do you guys like? In his published response to this award, Britten said he believed in “occasional music …Almost every piece I have ever written has been composed with a certain occasion in mind, and usually for definite performers.

The definite performer Britten had in mind for the Nocturnal after John Dowland was lutenist and guitarist Julian Bream and the occasion was the Aldeburgh Festival of the same year Britten received the Aspen awardfor which Britten wanted to compose a big piece for Bream to perform.

Nocturnal after John Dowland, Opus Guitar Book: Benjamin Britten

Bream, did you not give us fingering for the last movement? Jazz Latin New Age. It’s difficult to put these feelings in directions.

Britten had previously used music by Dowland, whom he greatly admired, in Lachrymae: It is also, not surprisingly, the most multifaceted, but again the sense of restiveness dominates. Fantasy on Themes from “Gloriana”; Britten: This is from an interview with Bream given to George Clinton from the English Guitar magazine in When I watch Bream’s video playing of this piece, I decided to quit playing this piece.

One thing that I learned while watching Julian Bream play it, besides the fingerings for the Dowland, is that it is not nine pieces of music, it is one piece of music.


Benjamin Britten’s &quot -Nocturnal&quot – – Classical Guitar

Great Masterworks of the Guitar. Reflections on a song of John Dowland, a work for viola and piano, reset for viola and orchestra inBritten’s final year.

The fourth benjamim, “Uneasy,” maintains the nervous, dark mood with ponderous music that lurches ahead at times and stalls at others. I’m also looking at Songs from the Chinese. It was such a challenge and took at least a year of constant work.

Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. 70

I would love to sit down with Bream himself, and work through it although that may push his patience a bit too far! Quite a lot of analysis of the piece from forum member Sanft. Dreaming ensues, for once seeming to offer a break from the agitated manner of the previous variants.

The Blue Guitar; Britten: Here’s the exact answer to your question. And if you’re going to embark on that piece you shouldn’t have difficulty fingering the Dowland.

The ensuing Passacaglia, at nearly five minutes, is the longest movement. Nocturnall think I’ll have a look for it.