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Name given by Britten to 5 of his comps. I (1947) Op.40, is a setting of a poem by Francis Quarles (My beloved is mine) and is sub‐titled ‘In Memory of Dick Sheppard’ (a former vicar of St Martin‐in‐the‐Fields, London); II (1952) Abraham and Isaac, Op.51, on a text from a Chester miracle play, for cont. (or counterten.), ten., and pf.; III (1954) Still Falls the Rain, Op.55, for ten., hn., and pf., poem by Edith Sitwell; IV (1971) Journey of the Magi, Op.86, for counterten., ten., bar., and pf., poem by T. S. Eliot; V (1974) The Death of St Narcissus, Op.89, for ten. and harp, poem by Eliot.

Subjects: Music.


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