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. I would love to sit down with Bream himself, and work through it although that may push his patience a bfnjamin too far!

Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. 70

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker on our website. Now a couple of disclaimers; 1 this piece is open to a variety of interpretations so there’s no suggestion that this is the “right” way to do it 2 looking at the score looking only — I’m a few lifetimes away from playing it some rallentandos in this section at the ends of phrases are encouraged so there’s plenty of scope for more “expressive” renditions of the finale.

We should aim at pleasing people today as seriously as we can, and letting the future look after itself…I do not write for posterity ebnjamin in any case, the outlook for that is somewhat uncertain.


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. Great Masterworks of the Guitar.

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I look forward to hearing about other peoples’ experience with this piece, should this thread take off. The first movement is dreamy and ethereal, having that typically Britten -esque fantasy-like character. Streams Videos All Posts. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. But it, too, gradually noctufnal a restless spirit, despite its slow pacing and ethereal character.

This album changed everything. I write music, now, in Aldeburgh, for people living there, and further afield, indeed for anyone who cares to play it or listen to it. The Blue Guitar; Britten: Tonights practice of the pizzicato part in the passacaglia left me with a funny thumb.

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This is from an interview with Bream given to George Clinton from the English Guitar magazine in It’s soundworld is benjamn and dreamy. The ensuing Passacaglia, at nearly five minutes, is the longest movement. I was a rough and tough teenager, but I hated the Beetles, The Stones and anything like them.

It’s a visual thing. We leaveorand we’re back inand the playing should be very simple, almost as though the player is eavesdropping on another player.

It’s difficult to put these feelings in directions. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. The Infinite Fabric of Dreams. Britten wrote this work for guitarist Julian Breamwho had received high praise for his collaborations with tenor Peter Pears in the songs of John Dowland. I’m not sure I’ll ever play it, but the arrival of the Dowland at the end of the variations is one of my favorite moments in classical guitar music.


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I am now returning to this piece as we enter which is the centenery of Britten’s birth. There is also that bit of Bream’s Masterclass with this piece on YouTube, which provides additional assistance on a few parts. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Everybody asks me about that. Fantasy on Themes from “Gloriana”; Britten: AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. My examiner was John Mills which only added to the pressure to the recital which was also open to the public, brittwn and from memory!!

This mater piece can only be played by the true master. The fourth movement, “Uneasy,” maintains the nervous, dark mood with ponderous music that lurches ahead at times and stalls at others. Programmatic in nature, the Nocturnal after John Dowland is reflective, probably of insomnia, ending in the oblivion of the heavy sleep invoked by Dowland. Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.