The Britten-Pears Foundation, which manages the estate of composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears, yesterday published for the first time three miniatures written by the young Britten, written while he was studying at the Royal College of Music in 1931 and 1932, when he was eighteen or so years of age.
The Foundation has opened a store on SibeliusMusic.com, our self-publishing web site which hosts around 100,000 scores created by Sibelius users from all over the world. Called EBB Music Publishing, so named both for (Edward) Benjamin Britten’s initials and also for its association with the sea, a lifelong inspiration for the composer, the store so far features four works, which have been edited by the composer Joseph Phibbs from manuscripts in Britten’s extensive archive at The Red House.
Two of the pieces, The Moon and Going down Hill on a Bicycle, are written for solo violin and piano, while Allegro is written for solo piano. A fourth piece, Philip’s Breeches, is a choral setting of a poem by Charles and Mary Lamb.
If you live in the UK, you can hear premieres of these pieces on Radio 3’s In Tune programme via the BBC iPlayer service until next Monday, 29 November.