Saint Nicolas, Op. 42, is a cantata with music by Benjamin Britten on a text by Eric Crozier, completed in 1948. It covers the legendary life of Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, Lycia, in a dramatic sequence of events. The composer wrote the work for the centenary of Lancing College in Sussex, with the resources of the institution in mind. It is scored for mixed choir, tenor soloist, four boys singers, strings, piano duet, organ and percussion. The only professionals required are the tenor soloist, a string quintet to lead the other strings, and the percussionists. Saint Nicolas is Britten's first work for amateur musicians. The premiere was the opening concert of the first Aldeburgh Festival in June 1948, with Peter Pears as the soloist.
Performances & Interviews
- Britten: Saint Nicolashttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01m1ww9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01m1ww9.jpg2011-12-19T20:32:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores Britten's first major work for children's chorus, his cantata Saint Nicolas. It typifies Britten's goal to his music accessible and meaningful to everyone.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b0185h1q
Britten: Saint NicolasStephen Johnson explores Britten's first major work for children's chorus, his cantata Saint Nicolas. It typifies Britten's goal to his music accessible and meaningful to everyone.