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. Benjamin Britten. Metamorphoses (6) after Ovid, for oboe solo, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. A gap of fifteen years separates the somewhat experimental exuberance of Temporal Variations from the assured mastery of the Six Metamorphoses after Ovid.

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Jazz Latin New Age. Obviously, the many fermatas and rests that pop up throughout this and the other five movements are not only for the purposes of isolating different musical fragments, but also designed to keep the performer from passing out.

The music of the first metamorphosis echoes the “free-spirited” character of its titular figure: Works for Oboe and Piano. Complete Works with Oboe. The characteristics of each God can therefore be fully represented through the performance.

Each of the six sections is based on a character from Roman mythology who is briefly described: Introspection Late Night Partying. The four-part fourth metamorphosis reflects the atmosphere of a drunken feast or festival. War Requiem film. Interlude in A Minor Op. Certainly one might well wonder, upon first encountering the Metamorphosex, why Britten chose an instrument as seemingly limited as the brtten. 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.

Abstract, non-linear use of pseudo-traditional harmonies such as triads, dominant seventh chords with irregular resolutions, etc. Benjamin Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Metamorphosws Britten was an enthusiastic composer of music for his close friends and colleagues, including solo works for metamoephoses, harp, and oboe. 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.


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.

Masters of the Oboe. PAN who played upon the reed pipe which was Syrinx, his beloved. The sly languor of Pan, the ill-advised daring of Phaeton, the sad immobility of Niobe, mteamorphoses tipsy revelries of Bacchus and his troop of boys, Narcissus contemplating his own image, the tumbling fountain of Arethusa—all are caught in a perfectly conceived outdoor music that must have yielded pure enchantment at its first performance over the waters on that June afternoon.

The next real concert piece after the Metamorphoses would be the Sonata for cello and piano of Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.

Metamorphoses after Britten

NIOBE who, lamenting the death of her fourteen children, was turned into stone. Benjamin Britten Collector’s Edition. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Oboe – Solo and Accompanied.

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Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. Sexy Trippy All Moods. The third is slower and is marked piangendoor “crying”.

Music By Benjamin Britten. These six pieces, written in Britten’s later style, demonstrate the musical metamorphoses which always fascinated Britten. Like pieces of statuary in some classically conceived garden, metamor;hoses perfect miniatures catch the spirit of ancient Greece with playfulness, humour, compassion and tenderness.


Benjamin Britten was an enthusiastic composer of music for his close friends and colleagues, including solo works for cello, harp, and oboe. Retrieved 2 August The fifth, marked lento piacevoleis meant to convey the act of staring at a reflection in a pool. British Music for Solo Oboe. October Total duration: This contrasts with the second metamorphosis, a quick and rhythmic representation of the chariot ride of Phaeton, marked vivace ritmico.

Ovid’s greatest work, Metamorphoses, is a fifteen-volume treatise of the disillusionment of his generation described in terms of the instability of nature. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. Piano Concertorev. Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49 composer. 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 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.

Britten turned for inspiration to Ovid, the exiled Roman poet who died in 17 A. Juni in Thorpeness gespielt wurden. The site is also available in several languages.