Benjamin Britten in London - 20 January, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, Jan 20 1931, page 61:

I spend 2 hrs reading poetry solidly, & then write - in desperation a very short song - "Sport" of W.H. Davies. I don't like it; even less than usual. Practise 11.30-12.30; 2.15-4.15 5.0-6.0 (the extra hour to make up for some of the time I've missed. I listen to Delius (1st Cuckoo & Summer Night) on Miss Prior's wireless at 8.0 against a background of Jack Payne - even then they were miraculous. He is a wizard.
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Jan 20 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London), p. 61. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: London


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Two Pieces for Small Orchestra: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (1912) and Summer Night on the River (1911).
written by Delius

Experience Information

Date/Time 20 January, 1931
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:02:44 +0100