Benjamin Britten born

On 22nd November 1913, Benjamin Britten was born.

Choral Dances from Gloriana:

With royal approval, Gloriana was made a semi-official part of the 1953 coronation festivities and premièred at Covent Garden just four days after the coronation, but it seems not to have been a success (though accounts differ) and revivals have been few.  In 1954 Britten did successfully extract the six choral dances which were heard at the start of Act II as the Queen is welcomed by the people of Norwich with a pageant of ‘Time and Concord’.

Hear Choral Dances from Gloriana on This is the Day album.

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