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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Music By Benjamin Britten. 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.

Yet, upon further acquaintance brittten 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.

Master of the Oboe: The third is slower and is marked piangendoor “crying”. Benjamin Britten ‘s Six Metamorphoses for oboe solo, Op. After a musical portrayal of Bacchus, Britten moves on to the appropriately reflective tale of ,etamorphoses and finally to the waterlogged cellular variations of Ovid’s Arethusa. 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.


Genre Chamber Music Classical. Six Metamorphoses metamlrphoses Ovid Op.

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

This page was last edited on 26 Septemberat The four-part fourth metamorphosis reflects the atmosphere of a drunken feast or festival. Metamorphooses work concludes with a “pleasant and meandering” representation of beauty and flow. 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 AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy.

Interlude in A Minor Op. Ovid’s greatest work, Metamorphoses, is a fifteen-volume treatise of the disillusionment of his generation described in terms of the instability of nature.

The music of the first metamorphosis echoes the “free-spirited” character of its titular figure: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. NIOBE who, metamprphoses the death of her fourteen children, was turned into stone.

Homage to Paderewski Variations on an Elizabethan Theme The characteristics of each God can therefore be fully represented through the performance. Retrieved 2 August Piano Concertorev.

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

However rich in tone, it is basically without extensive change in color throughout its two-and-a-half octave range and is generally monophonic. When Wind Comes to Sparse Bamboo. Britten ‘s only work for solo oboe takes Ovid’s famous literary work by the same name as its starting point.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. List of compositions by Benjamin Britten Category: 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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Streams Videos All Posts. By virtue of the music being written for a solo instrument, Britten allows the performer licence to be highly expressive. This contrasts with the second metamorphosis, a quick and rhythmic representation of the chariot ride of Phaeton, marked vivace britten. Retrieved from ” https: Music for Oboe; Music for Piano. Certainly one might well wonder, upon first encountering the Metamorphoses, why Britten chose an instrument as seemingly limited as the oboe.

Each of the six sections is based on a character from Roman mythology who is briefly described: By restricting himself so thoroughly, the musical processes can remain pure throughout the six movements.

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Pan, for instance, is written without a time signature. The Complete Works for Oboe. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. The piece was inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.