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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Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. 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 less familiar with his RCA version so I can’t compare. Here the spirit of Dowland is most evident in the simpler writing and songful character of the music. 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.

And if you’re going to embark on that piece you shouldn’t have difficulty fingering the Dowland. I think I’ll have a look for it. Quite a lot of analysis of the piece from forum member Sanft. It’s a visual thing.

Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. 70

The Infinite Fabric of Dreams. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. It was the original theme and the music changes suddenly. It is also, not surprisingly, the most multifaceted, but again the sense of restiveness dominates.

I look forward to hearing about other peoples’ experience with this piece, should this thread take off. The two succeeding panels, titled “Very agitated” and “Restless,” respectively, are lively and tense, with the latter less energetic, less driven, but more ominous and threatening.


I would love to sit down with Bream himself, and work through it although that may push his patience a bit too far! It was such a challenge and took at least a year of constant work. 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.

It’s difficult to put these feelings in directions. 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!! You get this contortion in the Passacagliaand those tremendous runs, then the whole thing sort of winds down into E major with that little run in the bass, very slow. Bream, did you not give us fingering for the last movement?

Manage to get all the fingerings, position etc Board index All times are UTC. Benjamin Britten Collector’s Edition. Tonights practice of the pizzicato part in the passacaglia left me with a funny thumb. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

Streams Videos All Posts. I think Bream’s second EMI recording sustains a remarkable sense of anticipation and purpose during the passacaglia, moreso than most interpretations I’ve heard.

Related Links Britten Page. The ensuing Passacaglia, at nearly five minutes, is the longest movement.

Nocturnal after John Dowland, Opus Guitar Book: Benjamin Britten

Programmatic in nature, the Nocturnal after John Dowland is reflective, probably of insomnia, ending in the oblivion of the heavy sleep invoked by Dowland. I remember a recording by Carlos Bonell. Everybody asks me about that. The basic thing about playing the guitar is the pleasure you get from it. Another Troy for Her. There is also that bit of Bream’s Masterclass with this piece on YouTube, which provides additional assistance on a few parts. What was the reason for not fingering the Dowland?


AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. The Henze, Martin and Britten music had more reach than Nocturnall understood at the time. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. The first movement is dreamy and ethereal, having that typically Britten -esque fantasy-like character.

That’s what I say. 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.

But it, too, gradually divulges a restless spirit, despite its slow pacing and ethereal character.

Classical Guitar Skip to content. Reflections on a song of John Dowland, a work for viola and piano, reset for viola and orchestra inBritten’s final year.

Fantasy on Themes from “Gloriana”; Britten: I am now returning to this piece as we enter which is the centenery of Britten’s birth. Forum guitare classique – Forum chitarra classica – Foro guitarra clasica – Free sheet music for classical guitar – Delcamp.

There’s nothing wrong with pleasure is there? What other major contemporary pieces do you guys like? It must be very, very remote.

Here’s the exact answer to your question.