Sinfonietta op.1

Année de composition
16 minutes
Voice and instruments
Instrumental ensemble [10 musicians]

Written at the age of 18, while still a student at the Royal College of Music, the Sinfonietta shows that Britten had already found his way, in a mature and obvious way, in his first opus.

The piece is solidly constructed and displays a perfect mastery of form, foreshadowing many of his future works.

Another reduced version for ensemble also exists with two horns. It was arranged by Britten in February 1936 but only performed once in his lifetime.

Création mondiale
January 31th, 1933 | The Ballet Club | Mercury Theatre, London
Boosey & Hawkes

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