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Elegy for solo viola by Benjamin Britten
Published by Faber
Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was among the most significant English composers of the middle 20th century. An admirer of the music of Mahler, Shostakovich, and his teacher Frank Bridge, he also found great inspiration in English baroque and Renaissance music and helped broaden the predominant English style beyond the prevailing pastoralism of his day. Though most known for his operatic, vocal, and choral music, he wrote much for strings.
Britten's Elegy for solo viola dates from 1930, when Britten was sixteen and leaving school. It was rediscovered andfirst performed in 1984 by Nobuko Imai. For intermediate-advanced players.