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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InBritten was primarily concerned with writing his opera Billy Budd. Obviously, the many fermatas and rests that pop up throughout this and the other mwtamorphoses movements are not only for the purposes of isolating different musical fragments, but also designed to keep the performer from passing out. Masters of the Oboe. Benjamin Britten Collector’s Edition.

These six pieces, written in Britten’s later style, demonstrate the musical metamorphoses which always fascinated Britten.

Metamorphoses after Britten

After a musical portrayal of Bacchus, Britten moves on to the appropriately reflective tale of Narcissus and finally to the waterlogged cellular variations of Ovid’s Arethusa.

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. NIOBE who, lamenting the death of her fourteen children, was turned into stone. Benjamin Britten was an enthusiastic composer of music for his close friends and colleagues, including solo works for cello, harp, and oboe.


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 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.

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Pan, for instance, is written without a time signature. Introspection Brithen Night Partying. This contrasts with the second metamorphosis, a quick and rhythmic representation of the chariot ride of Phaeton, marked vivace ritmico. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. The third is slower and is marked piangendoor “crying”. Jazz Latin New Age. Retrieved from ” https: Complete Works with Oboe. By virtue of the music being written for a solo instrument, Britten allows the performer licence to be highly expressive.

British Music for Solo Oboe. However rich in tone, it is basically without extensive change in color throughout its two-and-a-half octave range and is generally monophonic. Retrieved 2 August When Wind Comes to Sparse Bamboo. List of compositions by Benjamin Britten Category: Master of the Oboe: Drinking Hanging Out In Love.

The Complete Works for Oboe. By restricting himself so thoroughly, the musical processes can remain pure throughout the six movements. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. Homage to Paderewski Variations on an Elizabethan Theme Sexy Trippy All Moods. Streams Videos All Posts. Yet, upon further acquaintance with 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.


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Metamorpuoses of the six sections is based on a character from Roman mythology who is briefly described: Britten turned for inspiration to Ovid, the exiled Roman poet who died in 17 A.

Home News Contacts Copyright. Ovid’s greatest work, Metamorphoses, is a britteb treatise of the disillusionment of his generation described in terms of the instability of nature. The piece was inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The characteristics of each God can therefore be fully represented through the performance. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. PAN who played upon the reed pipe which was Syrinx, his beloved.

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Benjamin Britten ‘s Six Metamorphoses for oboe solo, Metamorphosez. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. The four-part fourth metamorphosis reflects the atmosphere of a drunken feast or festival. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.