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ASSIGNMENT/ WEEK TWO -

 

An Introduction to Britten’s Dramatic Music

 

Seminar: Benjamin Britten

Professor:  Jonathan Bailey

In our first week of reading and listening, we focus our attention on one work:  ST. NICOLAS.  The libretto for this work is found under the ‘Reading’ heading along with notes by Jeffrey Thomas.  ‘Listening’ contains the complete work divided into nine movements with brief commentary on each. (The entire work lasts approximately 50 minutes.)  By looking intently at one work, we can explore Britten’s musical language, and experience his concern for story-telling as well as his love for amateur musicians to perform his music.

 

READING:

 

http://arts.ucdavis.edu/britten-saint-nicolas

Complete Text to ‘St. Nicolas’ . . . & notes by Jeffrey Thomas

 

LISTENING:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wXSm0OpYR4&t=2216s&pbjreload=10

 

A full, recent, beautiful performance of the work.  NOTE:  When you log in here, you come in towards the end of the work.  Please, oh please, rewind it back to the beginning to hear the entire piece!!!

 

http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/britten-cantata-summary/

 

Audio and listening guide from  Christ Church Cathedral/Indianapolis, IN

 

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  • HOLIDAYS

    Thurs., May 17, 2018

    Mon., May 28, 2018

  • CALENDAR

    Spring 2018

    Class Begin 04/9/2018

    Class End 05/031/2018

    Make-up Week 06/04 - 07

     

    Fall 2018

    Class Begin 09/10/2018

    Class End 11/01/2018

    Make-up Week 11/5 - 08

     

  • HOURS

    Classes meet at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday - Thursday.  The Fromm Institute office is open, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • FALL CLOSED CLASSES

    MONDAY:

    Prof. Fraknoi "Einstein's Universe"

    Prof. Rothmann "The Middle East"

    TUESDAY:

     

     

    WEDNESDAY:

     

     

    THURSDAY:

    Prof. Ammiano
    "California Politics"

    Prof. Carcieri "The Federalist Papers,
    Part II"

     

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