Benjamin Britten in London - 3 March, 1933

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 133:

After dinner read more Forsyte Saga, which is making a terrific impression on me. Also listen to a clever tale by "A.J. Allen", & two brilliant folk-song arrangements of Percy Grainger - 17 come Sunday & Father & Son, knocking all the V. Williams and R.O. Morris arrangements into a cocked-hat.*
cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 133. accessed: 14 July, 2024

location of experience: London


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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17 Come Sunday
written by Percy Grainger
Father and Daughter
written by Percy Grainger

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 March, 1933
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary


*Britten retained a life-long admiration for Grainger, performing his music at the Aldeburgh Festival and making a classic recording for Decca in the 1960s. He seems to have made a slip of the pen here though, as the arrangement to which he refers is actually Father and Daughter, the first of his Faroe Islands Dance-Folksong settings, scored for five solo male voices, double mixed chorus, strings, brass, mandolin and guitar band.

Originally submitted by gkw on Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:33:17 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:31:58 +0100