In addition to Billy Budd, Britten composed the Six Metamorphoses after Ovid,. Opus 49, for solo oboe in The Six Metamorphoses after Ovid is a series of. A gap of fifteen years separates the somewhat experimental exuberance of Temporal Variations from the assured mastery of the Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. Benjamin Britten was an enthusiastic composer of music for his close friends and colleagues, including solo works for cello, harp.

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Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages. Retrieved from ” https: The fifth, marked lento piacevoleis meant to convey the act of staring at a reflection in a pool. Related Links Britten Page. List of compositions by Benjamin Britten Category: Homage to Paderewski Variations on an Elizabethan Theme Like pieces of statuary in some classically conceived garden, these perfect miniatures catch the spirit of ancient Greece with playfulness, humour, compassion and tenderness.

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 The piece was inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Ovid’s greatest brittej, Metamorphoses, is a fifteen-volume treatise of the disillusionment of his generation described in terms of the instability of nature.

The work concludes with a “pleasant and meandering” representation of beauty and flow.

37. Six Metamorphoses after Ovid

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The sly languor of Pan, the ill-advised daring of Phaeton, the sad immobility of Niobe, the tipsy revelries of Bacchus and his troop of boys, Narcissus contemplating his own image, the tumbling fountain of Arethusa—all are caught in a perfectly conceived outdoor music that must have yielded pure enchantment at its first performance over the waters on that June afternoon.


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

Metamkrphoses, for instance, is written without a time signature. 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.

The characteristics of each God can therefore be fully represented through the performance. Each of the six sections is based on a character from Roman mythology who is briefly described: Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Britten has titled his Six Metamorphoses After Ovid using names of the some of the legendary figures who appear in the great Roman poet’s work.

Don’t show me this message again. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 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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The four-part fourth metamorphosis reflects the atmosphere of a drunken feast or festival. This contrasts with the second metamorphosis, a quick and rhythmic representation of the chariot ride of Phaeton, marked vivace ritmico. Benjamin Britten was an enthusiastic composer of music for his close friends and colleagues, including solo works for cello, harp, and oboe.

Piano Concertorev. Britten turned for inspiration to Ovid, the exiled Roman poet who died in 17 A. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The music of the first metamorphosis echoes the “free-spirited” character of its titular figure: Night Mail The Prince of the Pagodas InBritten was primarily concerned with writing his opera Billy Budd.

October Total duration: NIOBE who, lamenting the death of her fourteen children, was turned into stone.

Benjamin Britten – Six Metamorphoses After Ovid, op. 49 – oboe

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