Benjamin Britten

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Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, Order of the Companions of Honor (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945).

Born in Suffolk, the son of a dentist, Britten showed talent from an early age. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and privately with the composer Frank Bridge. Britten first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy Was Born in 1934. With the premiere of Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. Over the next 28 years, he wrote 14 more operas, establishing himself as one of the leading 20th-century composers in the genre. In addition to large-scale operas for English National Opera and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, he wrote "chamber operas" for small forces, suitable for performance in venues of modest size. Among the best known of these is The Turn of the Screw (1954). Recurring themes in the operas are the struggle of an outsider against a hostile society, and the corruption of innocence.

Britten's other works range from orchestral to choral, solo vocal, chamber and instrumental as well as film music. He took a great interest in writing music for children and amateur performers, including the opera Noye's Fludde, a Missa Brevis , and the song collection Friday Afternoons. He often composed with particular performers in mind. His most frequent and important muse was his personal and professional partner, the tenor Peter Pears; others included Kathleen Ferrier, Jennifer Vyvyan, Janet Baker, Dennis Brain, Julian Bream, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Mstislav Rostropovich. Britten was a celebrated pianist and conductor, performing many of his own works in concert and on record. He also performed and recorded works by others, such as Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg concertos, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's symphonies, and song cycles by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.

Together with Pears and the librettist and producer Eric Crozier, Britten founded the annual Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, and he was responsible for the creation of Snape Maltings concert hall in 1967. In his last year, he was the first composer to be given a life peerage.


Song Cycles, Symphonies, Collections etc.

8 Folk Song Arrangements

  • no. 1. Lord! I married me a wife (Text: Volkslieder)
  • no. 2. She's like the swallow (Text: Volkslieder)
  • no. 3. Lemady (Text: Volkslieder)
  • no. 4. Bonny at morn (Text: Volkslieder)
  • no. 5. Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn (Text: Volkslieder)
  • no. 6. Dafydd y Garreg Wen (Text: John Ceiriog Hughes)
  • no. 7. The False Knight upon the road (Text: Volkslieder)
  • no. 8. Bird Scarer's song (Text: Volkslieder)

A Birthday Hansel, op. 92

  • no. 1. Birthday Song (Text: Robert Burns)
  • no. 2. My Early Walk (Text: Robert Burns)
  • no. 3. Wee Willie (Text: Robert Burns)
  • no. 4. My Hoggie (Text: Robert Burns)
  • no. 5. Afton Water (Text: Robert Burns)
  • no. 6. The Winter (Text: Robert Burns)
  • no. 7. Leezie Lindsay (Text: Robert Burns)

A Ceremony of Carols, op. 28

  • no. 1. Procession (Text: after Bible or other Sacred Texts)
  • no. 2. Wolcum Yole! (Text: 14th century)
  • no. 3. There is no rose (Text: 15th-century)
  • no. 4a. That yongë child (Text: 14th century)
  • no. 4b. Balulalow (Text: The brothers Wedderburn after Martin Luther)
  • no. 5. As dew in Aprille (Text: after Anonymous/Unidentified Artist)
  • no. 6. This little babe (Text: Robert Southwell)
  • no. 7. Interlude (Harp Solo)
  • no. 8. In freezing winter night (Text: Robert Southwell)
  • no. 9. Spring carol (Text: William Cornish)
  • no. 10. Deo gracias (Text: 15th century)
  • no. 11. Recession (Text: after Bible or other Sacred Texts)

A Charm of Lullabies, op. 41

  • no. 1. A cradle song (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 2. The Highland Balou (Text: Robert Burns)
  • no. 3. Sephestia's Lullaby (Text: Robert Greene)
  • no. 4. A charm (Text: Thomas Randolph)
  • no. 5. The Nurse's Song (Text: John Phillip)

Ballad of Heroes, op. 14

  • no. 1. Funeral march (Text: Randall Swingler)
  • no. 2. Scherzo - Dance of Death (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 3. Recitative and Choral [multi-text setting]
  • no. 4. Epilog (Text: Randall Swingler)

Cabaret Songs

  • no. 1. Tell me the truth about love (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 2. Funeral Blues (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 3. Johnny (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 4. Calypso (Text: W. H. Auden)

`Ekho Po`eta (The Poet's Echo), op. 76

  • no. 1. `Ekho (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
  • no. 2. Ja dumal, serdce pozabylo (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
  • no. 3. Angel (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin) GER
  • no. 4. Solovej i roza (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
  • no. 5. `Epigramma (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
  • no. 6. Stikhi, sochinjonnyje noch'ju vo vremja bessonnicy (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)

Fish in the unruffled lakes : Six Auden Settings for High Voice and Piano [collection]

  • no. 1. To lie flat on the back (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 2. Night covers up the rigid land (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 3. The sun shines down (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 4. Fish in the unruffled lakes (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 5. What's in your mind? (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 6. Underneath the abject willow (Text: W. H. Auden)

Five Flower Songs

  • no. 1. To daffodils (Text: Robert Herrick)
  • no. 2. The succession of the four sweet months (Text: Robert Herrick)
  • no. 3. Marsh flowers (Text: George Crabbe)
  • no. 4. The evening primrose (Text: John Clare)
  • no. 5. The Ballad of Green Broom

Friday Afternoons, op. 7

  • no. 1. Begone, dull care! (Text: 17th cent.)
  • no. 2. A tragic story (Text: William Makepeace Thackeray after Adelbert von Chamisso)
  • no. 3. Cuckoo! (Text: Jane Taylor)
  • no. 4. Ee-oh!
  • no. 5. A New Year carol
  • no. 6. I mun be married on Sunday (Text: Nicholas Udall)
  • no. 7. There was a man of Newington
  • no. 8. Fishing song (Text: John Chalkhill)
  • no. 9. The useful plough
  • no. 10. Jazz-Man (Text: Eleanor Farjeon)
  • no. 11. There was a monkey
  • no. 12. Old Abram Brown (Text: Volkslieder)

Les Illuminations op. 18 ENG CHI

  • no. 1. Fanfare (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • no. 2. Villes (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • no. 3. Antique [multi-text setting]
  • no. 4. Royauté (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • no. 5. Marine (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • no. 6. Interlude (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • no. 7. Being beauteous (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • no. 8. Parade (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • no. 9. Départ (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)

Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra, op. 60

On This Island, op. 11

  • no. 1. Let the florid music praise! (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 2. Now the leaves are falling fast (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 3. Seascape (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 4. Nocturne (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 5. As it is, plenty (Text: W. H. Auden)

Our Hunting Fathers, op. 8

  • no. 1. Prologue (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 2. Rats away
  • no. 3. Messalina
  • no. 4. Dance of Death (Hawking for the Partridge) (Text: Thomas Ravenscroft)
  • no. 5. Epilogue and Funeral March (Text: W. H. Auden)

Quatre chansons françaises (Four French Songs)

  • no. 1. Nuits de juin (Text: Victor Marie Hugo)
  • no. 2. Sagesse (Text: Paul Verlaine)
  • no. 3. L'enfance (Text: Victor Marie Hugo)
  • no. 4. Chanson d'automne (Text: Paul Verlaine)

Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente (Six Hölderlin fragments), op. 61

  • no. 1. Menschenbeifall (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • no. 2. Die Heimat (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • no. 3. Sokrates und Alcibiades (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • no. 4. Die Jugend (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • no. 5. Hälfte des Lebens (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • no. 6. Die Linien des Lebens (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings op. 31

Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo (Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo), op. 22

  • no. 1. Sonetto XVI (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • no. 2. Sonetto XXXI (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • no. 3. Sonetto XXX (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • no. 4. Sonetto LV (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • no. 5. Sonetto XXXVIII (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • no. 6. Sonetto XXXII (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • no. 7. Sonetto XXIV (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)

Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, op. 74

  • no. 1. Proverb I (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 2. London (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 3. Proverb II (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 4. The chimney sweeper (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 5. Proverb III (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 6. A poison tree (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 7. Proverb IV (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 8. The tyger (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 9. Proverb V (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 10. The fly (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 11. Proverb VI (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 12. Ah, Sun-flower (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 13. Proverb VII (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 14. Every Night and every Morn [multi-text setting]

Spring Symphony, op. 44

  • no. 1. Shine out (Text: George Chapman)
  • no. 2. The merry cuckoo (Text: Edmund Spenser)
  • no. 3. Spring, the sweet spring (Text: Thomas Nashe)
  • no. 4. The driving boy [multi-text setting]
  • no. 5. The morning star (Text: John Milton)
  • no. 6. Welcome, Maids of Honour (Text: Robert Herrick)
  • no. 7. Waters above (Text: Henry Vaughan)
  • no. 8. Out on the lawn I lie in bed (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • no. 9. When will my May come (Text: Richard Barnfield)
  • no. 10. Fair and fair (Text: George Peele)
  • no. 11. Sound the Flute! (Text: William Blake)
  • no. 12. Finale [multi-text setting]

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, op. 35

The Way to the Tomb

  • no. 1. Evening (Text: Ronald Duncan)
  • no. 2. Morning (Text: Ronald Duncan)
  • no. 3. Night (Text: Ronald Duncan)

Three Two-Part Songs

  • no. ?. The rainbow (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • no. ?. The ride-by-nights (Text: Walter de la Mare)

Tit for tat

  • no. 1. A song of enchantment (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • no. 2. Autumn (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • no. 3. Silver (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • no. 4. Vigil (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • no. 5. Tit for tat (Text: Walter de la Mare)

Two ballads

  • no. ?. Underneath the abject willow (Text: W. H. Auden)

Two Part-Songs

  • no. ?. Lift boy (Text: Robert Graves)

War Requiem, op. 66

  • no. 1. Requiem aeternam (Text: Wilfred Owen)
  • no. 2. Dies irae [multi-text setting]
  • no. 3. Offertorium (Text: Wilfred Owen)
  • no. 4. Sanctus (Text: Wilfred Owen)
  • no. 5. Agnus Dei (Text: Wilfred Owen)
  • no. 6. Libera me (Text: Wilfred Owen)

Who are these children?, op. 84

  • no. 1. A riddle (The Earth) (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 2. A laddie's sang (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 3. Nightmare (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 4. Black day (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 5. Bed-time (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 6. Slaughter (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 7. A riddle (The child you were) (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 8. The larky lad (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 9. Who are these children? (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 10. Supper (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 11. The children (Text: William Soutar)
  • no. 12. The auld aik (Text: William Soutar)

Winter words, op. 52

  • no. 1. At day-close in November (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • no. 2. Midnight on the Great Western (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • no. 3. Wagtail and Baby (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • no. 4. The little old table (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • no. 5. The choirmaster's burial (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • no. 6. Proud songsters (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • no. 7. At the railway station, Upway (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • no. 8. Before life and after (Text: Thomas Hardy)

VOCAL WORKS: ALPHABETICAL ORDER (BY TITLE)


A

  • A charm, op. 41 no. 4 (in A Charm of Lullabies) (Text: Thomas Randolph)
  • A cradle song, op. 41 no. 1 (in A Charm of Lullabies) (Text: William Blake)
  • A dirge (Text: Percy Bysshe Shelley)
  • A hymn on divine musick
  • A hymn to the virgin
  • A laddie's sang, op. 84 no. 2 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • A New Year carol, op. 7 no. 5 (in Friday Afternoons)
  • A poison tree, op. 74 no. 6 (in Songs and Proverbs of William Blake) (Text: William Blake)
  • A poison tree (Text: William Blake)
  • A riddle (The child you were), op. 84 no. 7 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • A riddle (The Earth), op. 84 no. 1 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • A song of enchantment (in Tit for tat) (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • A tragic story, op. 7 no. 2 (in Friday Afternoons) (Text: William Makepeace Thackeray after Adelbert von Chamisso)
  • Afton Water, op. 92 no. 5 (in A Birthday Hansel) (Text: Robert Burns)
  • Agnus Dei, op. 66 no. 5 (in War Requiem) (Text: Wilfred Owen)
  • Ah, Sun-flower, op. 74 no. 12 (in Songs and Proverbs of William Blake) (Text: William Blake)
  • An evening hymn (Text: William Fuller, Dr., Lord-Bishop of Lincoln)
  • Angel, op. 76 no. 3 (in `Ekho Po`eta) (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
  • Antique [multi-text setting], op. 18 no. 3 (in Les Illuminations)
  • As dew in Aprille, op. 28 no. 5 (in A Ceremony of Carols) (Text: after Anonymous/Unidentified Artist)
  • As it is, plenty, op. 11 no. 5 (in On This Island) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • At day-close in November, op. 52 no. 1 (in Winter words) (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • At the mid hour of night (Text: Volkslieder)
  • At the mid hour of night (Text: Thomas Moore after Volkslieder)
  • At the railway station, Upway, op. 52 no. 7 (in Winter words) (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • At the round earth's imagin'd corners (Britten), op. 35 no. 7 (in The Holy Sonnets of John Donne) (Text: John Donne)
  • Autumn (in Tit for tat) (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • Avenging and bright (Text: Thomas Moore)


B

  • Balulalow, op. 28 no. 4b (in A Ceremony of Carols) (Text: The brothers Wedderburn after Martin Luther)
  • Batter my heart (Britten), op. 35 no. 2 (in The Holy Sonnets of John Donne) (Text: John Donne)
  • Bed-time, op. 84 no. 5 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • Before life and after, op. 52 no. 8 (in Winter words) (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • Begone, dull care!, op. 7 no. 1 (in Friday Afternoons) (Text: 17th cent.)
  • Being beauteous, op. 18 no. 7 (in Les Illuminations) (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • Below the thunders of the upper deep (Britten), op. 60 no. 2 (in Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra) (Text: Alfred Tennyson, Lord)
  • Beware! (Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow after Volkslieder)
  • Bird Scarer's song (in 8 Folk Song Arrangements) (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Birthday Song, op. 92 no. 1 (in A Birthday Hansel) (Text: Robert Burns)
  • Birthday song for Erwin (Text: Ronald Duncan)
  • Black day, op. 84 no. 4 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • Bonny at morn (in 8 Folk Song Arrangements) (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn (in 8 Folk Song Arrangements) (Text: Volkslieder)
  • But that night when on my bed I lay (Britten), op. 60 no. 5 (in Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra) (Text: William Wordsworth)


C

  • Ca' the yowes (Text: Robert Burns)
  • Calypso (in Cabaret Songs) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Canticle I (Britten)(My beloved is mine), op. 40 (Text: Francis Quarles)
  • Canticle II (Britten)(Abraham and Isaac), op. 51
  • Canticle III (Still falls the Rain), op. 55 (Text: Edith Sitwell)
  • Canticle IV (The Journey of the Magi), op. 86 (Text: T. S. Eliot)
  • Canticle V (The Death of Saint Narcissus), op. 89 (Text: T. S. Eliot)
  • Chanson d'automne (in Quatre chansons françaises) (Text: Paul Verlaine)
  • Choral Dances from Gloriana, op. 53 (Text: William Charles Franklyn Plomer, CBE)
  • Chorale (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Chorale after an Old French Carol (Text: W. H. Auden after Anonymous/Unidentified Artist)
  • Come you not from Newcastle? (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Cradle song (Text: Louis MacNeice)
  • Cuckoo!, op. 7 no. 3 (in Friday Afternoons) (Text: Jane Taylor)


D

  • Dafydd y Garreg Wen (in 8 Folk Song Arrangements) (Text: John Ceiriog Hughes)
  • Dance of Death (Hawking for the Partridge), op. 8 no. 4 (in Our Hunting Fathers) (Text: Thomas Ravenscroft)
  • Dans les bois (Text: Gérard de Nerval)
  • Dawtie's devotion (Text: William Soutar)
  • Dear Harp of my Country! (Text: Thomas Moore)
  • Death be not proud (Britten), op. 35 no. 9 (in The Holy Sonnets of John Donne) (Text: John Donne)
  • Deo gracias, op. 28 no. 10 (in A Ceremony of Carols) (Text: 15th century)
  • Départ, op. 18 no. 9 (in Les Illuminations) (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • Die Heimat, op. 61 no. 2 (in Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente) (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • Die Jugend, op. 61 no. 4 (in Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente) (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • Die Linien des Lebens, op. 61 no. 6 (in Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente) (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • Dies irae [multi-text setting], op. 66 no. 2 (in War Requiem)
  • Dirge (Britten), op. 31 no. 4 (in Serenade for tenor, horn and strings) (Text: 15th century)


E

  • Early one morning (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Ee-oh!, op. 7 no. 4 (in Friday Afternoons)
  • Eho! Eho! (Text: Volkslieder)
  • `Ekho, op. 76 no. 1 (in `Ekho Po`eta) (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
  • Elegy (Britten), op. 31 no. 3 (in Serenade for tenor, horn and strings) (Text: William Blake)
  • Encinctured with a twine of leaves (Britten), op. 60 no. 3 (in Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra) (Text: Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
  • `Epigramma, op. 76 no. 5 (in `Ekho Po`eta) (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
  • Epilog, op. 14 no. 4 (in Ballad of Heroes) (Text: Randall Swingler)
  • Epilogue and Funeral March, op. 8 no. 5 (in Our Hunting Fathers) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Epitaph: The Clerk (Text: Herbert Asquith)
  • Evening (in The Way to the Tomb) (Text: Ronald Duncan)
  • Every Night and every Morn [multi-text setting], op. 74 no. 14 (in Songs and Proverbs of William Blake)


F

  • Fair and fair, op. 44 no. 10 (in Spring Symphony) (Text: George Peele)
  • Fancy (Text: William Shakespeare)
  • Fanfare, op. 18 no. 1 (in Les Illuminations) (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • Festival Cantata (Text: Christopher Smart)
  • Fileuse (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Finale [multi-text setting] ENG LAT, op. 44 no. 12 (in Spring Symphony)
  • Fish in the unruffled lakes (in Fish in the unruffled lakes : Six Auden Settings for High Voice and Piano) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Fishing song, op. 7 no. 8 (in Friday Afternoons) (Text: John Chalkhill)
  • From 'Lucy' (Text: William Wordsworth)
  • Funeral Blues (in Cabaret Songs) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Funeral march, op. 14 no. 1 (in Ballad of Heroes) (Text: Randall Swingler)


H

  • Hälfte des Lebens, op. 61 no. 5 (in Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente) (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • How sweet the answer (Text: Thomas Moore)
  • Hymn (Britten), op. 31 no. 5 (in Serenade for tenor, horn and strings) (Text: Ben Jonson)
  • Hymn to St Cecilia (Text: W. H. Auden)


I

  • I have sinned (Text: Jeremiah Taylor, Bishop)
  • I mun be married on Sunday, op. 7 no. 6 (in Friday Afternoons) (Text: Nicholas Udall)
  • If it's ever spring again (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • If thou wilt ease thine heart (Text: Thomas Lovell Beddoes)
  • Il est quelqu'un sur terre (Text: Volkslieder)
  • In freezing winter night, op. 28 no. 8 (in A Ceremony of Carols) (Text: Robert Southwell)
  • In the black dismal dungeon of despair (Text: William Fuller, Dr., Lord-Bishop of Lincoln)
  • Interlude, op. 18 no. 6 (in Les Illuminations) (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • Interlude (Harp Solo), op. 28 no. 7 (in A Ceremony of Carols)


J

  • Ja dumal, serdce pozabylo, op. 76 no. 2 (in `Ekho Po`eta) (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
  • Jazz-Man, op. 7 no. 10 (in Friday Afternoons) (Text: Eleanor Farjeon)
  • Johnny (in Cabaret Songs) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Jubilate Deo [multi-text setting]


K

  • Kinderkreuzzug, op. 82 (Text: Bertolt Brecht)


L

  • La belle est au jardin d'amour (Text: Volkslieder)
  • La noël passée (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Le roi s'en va-t'en chasse (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Leezie Lindsay, op. 92 no. 7 (in A Birthday Hansel) (Text: Robert Burns)
  • Lemady (in 8 Folk Song Arrangements) (Text: Volkslieder)
  • L'enfance (in Quatre chansons françaises) (Text: Victor Marie Hugo)
  • Let the dreadful engines (Text: Thomas d'Urfey)
  • Let the florid music praise!, op. 11 no. 1 (in On This Island) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Libera me, op. 66 no. 6 (in War Requiem) (Text: Wilfred Owen)
  • Lift boy (in Two Part-Songs) (Text: Robert Graves)
  • Lilian (Text: Alfred Tennyson, Lord)
  • Little Sir William (Text: Volkslieder)
  • London, op. 74 no. 2 (in Songs and Proverbs of William Blake) (Text: William Blake)
  • Lord! I married me a wife (in 8 Folk Song Arrangements) (Text: Volkslieder)


M

  • Marine, op. 18 no. 5 (in Les Illuminations) (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • Marsh flowers (in Five Flower Songs) (Text: George Crabbe)
  • Master Kilby (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Menschenbeifall, op. 61 no. 1 (in Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente) (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • Messalina, op. 8 no. 3 (in Our Hunting Fathers)
  • Midnight on the Great Western, op. 52 no. 2 (in Winter words) (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • Midnight's bell goes ting, ting, ting (Britten), op. 60 no. 4 (in Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra) (Text: Thomas Middleton)
  • Morning (in The Way to the Tomb) (Text: Ronald Duncan)
  • My Early Walk, op. 92 no. 2 (in A Birthday Hansel) (Text: Robert Burns)
  • My Hoggie, op. 92 no. 4 (in A Birthday Hansel) (Text: Robert Burns)


N

  • Night (in The Way to the Tomb) (Text: Ronald Duncan)
  • Night covers up the rigid land (in Fish in the unruffled lakes : Six Auden Settings for High Voice and Piano) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Nightmare, op. 84 no. 3 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • Nocturne, op. 11 no. 4 (in On This Island) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Nocturne (Britten), op. 31 no. 2 (in Serenade for tenor, horn and strings) (Text: Alfred Tennyson, Lord)
  • Not even summer yet (Text: Peter Burra)
  • Now sleeps the crimson petal (Text: Alfred Tennyson, Lord)
  • Now the leaves are falling fast, op. 11 no. 2 (in On This Island) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Nuits de juin (in Quatre chansons françaises) (Text: Victor Marie Hugo)


O


P


Q

  • Quand j'étais chez mon père (Text: Volkslieder)


R

  • Rats away, op. 8 no. 2 (in Our Hunting Fathers)
  • Recession, op. 28 no. 11 (in A Ceremony of Carols) (Text: after Bible or other Sacred Texts)
  • Recitative and Choral [multi-text setting], op. 14 no. 3 (in Ballad of Heroes)
  • Rejoice in the Lamb (Text: Christopher Smart)
  • Requiem aeternam, op. 66 no. 1 (in War Requiem) (Text: Wilfred Owen)
  • Rich and rare (Text: Thomas Moore)
  • Ring out the thousand wars of old (Text: Alfred Tennyson, Lord)
  • Royauté, op. 18 no. 4 (in Les Illuminations) (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)


S

  • Sagesse (in Quatre chansons françaises) (Text: Paul Verlaine)
  • Sail on, sail on (Text: Thomas Moore)
  • Sailor-Boy (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Sally in our alley (Text: Henry Carey)
  • Sanctus, op. 66 no. 4 (in War Requiem) (Text: Wilfred Owen)
  • Scherzo - Dance of Death, op. 14 no. 2 (in Ballad of Heroes) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Seascape, op. 11 no. 3 (in On This Island) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Sephestia's Lullaby, op. 41 no. 3 (in A Charm of Lullabies) (Text: Robert Greene)
  • She sleeps on soft, last breaths (Britten), op. 60 no. 6 (in Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra) (Text: Wilfred Owen)
  • Shepherd's carol (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • She's like the swallow (in 8 Folk Song Arrangements) (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Shine out, op. 44 no. 1 (in Spring Symphony) (Text: George Chapman)
  • Silver (in Tit for tat) (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • Since she whom I lov'd (Britten), op. 35 no. 6 (in The Holy Sonnets of John Donne) (Text: John Donne)
  • Slaughter, op. 84 no. 6 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • Sokrates und Alcibiades, op. 61 no. 3 (in Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente) (Text: Friedrich Hölderlin)
  • Solovej i roza, op. 76 no. 4 (in `Ekho Po`eta) (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
  • Sonetto XVI, op. 22 no. 1 (in Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo) (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • Sonetto XXIV, op. 22 no. 7 (in Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo) (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • Sonetto XXX, op. 22 no. 3 (in Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo) (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • Sonetto XXXI, op. 22 no. 2 (in Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo) (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • Sonetto XXXII, op. 22 no. 6 (in Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo) (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • Sonetto XXXVIII, op. 22 no. 5 (in Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo) (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • Sonetto LV, op. 22 no. 4 (in Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo) (Text: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
  • Sonnet (Britten), op. 31 no. 6 (in Serenade for tenor, horn and strings) (Text: John Keats)
  • Sound the Flute!, op. 44 no. 11 (in Spring Symphony) (Text: William Blake)
  • Spring carol, op. 28 no. 9 (in A Ceremony of Carols) (Text: William Cornish)
  • Spring, the sweet spring, op. 44 no. 3 (in Spring Symphony) (Text: Thomas Nashe)
  • Stikhi, sochinjonnyje noch'ju vo vremja bessonnicy, op. 76 no. 6 (in `Ekho Po`eta) (Text: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)
  • Supper, op. 84 no. 10 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • Sweet Polly Oliver (Text: Volkslieder)
  • Sweet was the song


T

  • Take, o take those lips away
  • Tell me the truth about love (in Cabaret Songs) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • That yongë child, op. 28 no. 4a (in A Ceremony of Carols) (Text: 14th century)
  • The ash grove (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The auld aik, op. 84 no. 12 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • The Ballad of Green Broom (in Five Flower Songs)
  • The birds (Text: Hilaire Belloc)
  • The bonny Earl o' Moray (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The brisk young widow (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The children, op. 84 no. 11 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • The Children and Sir Nameless (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • The chimney sweeper, op. 74 no. 4 (in Songs and Proverbs of William Blake) (Text: William Blake)
  • The choirmaster's burial, op. 52 no. 5 (in Winter words) (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • The driving boy [multi-text setting], op. 44 no. 4 (in Spring Symphony)
  • The evening primrose (in Five Flower Songs) (Text: John Clare)
  • The False Knight upon the road (in 8 Folk Song Arrangements) (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The fly, op. 74 no. 10 (in Songs and Proverbs of William Blake) (Text: William Blake)
  • The foggy, foggy dew (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The gully (Text: William Soutar)
  • The Highland Balou, op. 41 no. 2 (in A Charm of Lullabies) (Text: Robert Burns)
  • The joy of grief (Text: Alfred Tennyson, Lord)
  • The king goes hunting (Text: Iris Rogers after Volkslieder)
  • The larky lad, op. 84 no. 8 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • The last rose of summer (Text: Thomas Moore)
  • The Lincolnshire poacher (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The little old table, op. 52 no. 4 (in Winter words) (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • The merry cuckoo, op. 44 no. 2 (in Spring Symphony) (Text: Edmund Spenser)
  • The Miller of Dee (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The Minstrel Boy (Text: Thomas Moore)
  • The morning star, op. 44 no. 5 (in Spring Symphony) (Text: John Milton)
  • The Nurse's Song, op. 41 no. 5 (in A Charm of Lullabies) (Text: John Phillip)
  • The nurse's song (Text: William Blake)
  • The Oxen (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • The ploughboy (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The rainbow (in Three Two-Part Songs) (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • The red cockatoo (Text: Arthur Waley after Bai Juyi)
  • The Riddle Song (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The ride-by-nights (in Three Two-Part Songs) (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • The Salley Gardens (Text: William Butler Yeats)
  • The ship of Rio (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • The shooting of his dear (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The sight entrancing (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The soldier and the sailor (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The succession of the four sweet months (in Five Flower Songs) (Text: Robert Herrick)
  • The sun shines down (in Fish in the unruffled lakes : Six Auden Settings for High Voice and Piano) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • The trees they grow so high (Text: Volkslieder)
  • The tyger, op. 74 no. 8 (in Songs and Proverbs of William Blake) (Text: William Blake)
  • The useful plough, op. 7 no. 9 (in Friday Afternoons)
  • The Winter, op. 92 no. 6 (in A Birthday Hansel) (Text: Robert Burns)
  • There is no rose, op. 28 no. 3 (in A Ceremony of Carols) (Text: 15th-century)
  • There was a man of Newington, op. 7 no. 7 (in Friday Afternoons)
  • There was a monkey, op. 7 no. 11 (in Friday Afternoons)
  • There's none to soothe (Text: Volkslieder)
  • This little babe, op. 28 no. 6 (in A Ceremony of Carols) (Text: Robert Southwell)
  • Thou hast made me (Britten), op. 35 no. 8 (in The Holy Sonnets of John Donne) (Text: John Donne)
  • Tit for tat (in Tit for tat) (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • To daffodils (in Five Flower Songs) (Text: Robert Herrick)
  • To lie flat on the back (in Fish in the unruffled lakes : Six Auden Settings for High Voice and Piano) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Tom Bowling (Text: Charles Dibdin)
  • Tradition (Text: William Soutar)


U

  • Um Mitternacht (Text: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
  • Underneath the abject willow (in Two ballads) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • Underneath the abject willow (in Fish in the unruffled lakes : Six Auden Settings for High Voice and Piano) (Text: W. H. Auden)


V

  • Vigil (in Tit for tat) (Text: Walter de la Mare)
  • Villes, op. 18 no. 2 (in Les Illuminations) (Text: Arthur Rimbaud)
  • Virtue in deeds not words (Text: Philip James Bailey)
  • Voices for Today, op. 75
  • Voici le printemps (Text: Volkslieder)


W

  • Wagtail and Baby, op. 52 no. 3 (in Winter words) (Text: Thomas Hardy)
  • Waters above, op. 44 no. 7 (in Spring Symphony) (Text: Henry Vaughan)
  • Wee Willie, op. 92 no. 3 (in A Birthday Hansel) (Text: Robert Burns)
  • Welcome, Maids of Honour, op. 44 no. 6 (in Spring Symphony) (Text: Robert Herrick)
  • What if this present (Britten), op. 35 no. 5 (in The Holy Sonnets of John Donne) (Text: John Donne)
  • What is more gentle than a wind in summer? (Britten), op. 60 no. 7 (in Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra) (Text: John Keats)
  • What's in your mind? (in Fish in the unruffled lakes : Six Auden Settings for High Voice and Piano) (Text: W. H. Auden)
  • When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see (Britten), op. 60 no. 8 (in Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra) (Text: William Shakespeare)
  • When will my May come, op. 44 no. 9 (in Spring Symphony) (Text: Richard Barnfield)
  • When you're feeling like expressing your affection
  • Who are these children?, op. 84 no. 9 (in Who are these children?) (Text: William Soutar)
  • Wild with passion (Text: Thomas Lovell Beddoes)
  • Wolcum Yole!, op. 28 no. 2 (in A Ceremony of Carols) (Text: 14th century)