Benjamin Britten in London - 23 July, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, July 23 1931, page 79:

I practise Vla. & pack a bit in morning; I can’t go to practise yet as my foot is still rather bad. I go to Victoria to take back Adrian Glynde after tea, only have to bus all the way. Listen to Contemporary Music concert, broadcast in evening. v. Schönbergian Suite op. 18 of Knipper; uninteresting. Some vague weird Jap. songs of Maklakievicz. An extraordinary unacc. Choral “Ame du peine” of Hare; best of all 3 choruses of Wellesz. Quite well sung by Wireless Singers. Ended by a Sinfonietta, of Halffter, amusing tho’ over-long.
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, July 23 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 79. accessed: 13 July, 2024

location of experience: London


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Four Japanese Songs (1929) for soprano and orchestra
written by Jan Maklakiewicz
Lev Konstantinovich Knipper Suite, Op. 18
written by Lev Knipper
Mitte des Lebens, Op. 45, for soprano, chorus and orchestra (1931)
written by Egon Wellesz
Sinfonietta in D (1925)
written by Ernesto Halffter

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 July, 1931
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:38:57 +0100