Metamorfosen

Britten, Strauss & Bridge

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A gripping piece of music, written at the end of a dramatic periode in time.

In his day, the British composer Frank Bridge (1879-1941) was not as famous as he has since become, and he achieved much of his fame through his far better-known pupil, Benjamin Britten.

Britten had enormous respect for his teacher and in 1937 he wrote Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, which is based on a theme from Bridge’s Three Idylls for String Quartet (1906).

During this concert at Verdensteatret, the audience will hear both works; the first two movements from Bridge’s Idylls followed by Britten’s tribute Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge.

The British composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was a versatile composer, which among other works wrote the opera Death in Venice, which is based on the novella by the German novelist Thomas Mann from Lübeck. However, one of Britten’s most famous works is War Requiem, opus 66 from 1962.

Richard Strauss composed Metamorphosen towards the end of World War II. A few days after completing the work, he wrote in his private diary:

“The most terrible period of human history is at an end, the twelve-year reign of bestiality, ignorance and anti-culture under the greatest criminals, during which Germany's 2000 years of cultural evolution met its doom.”