• Benjamin Britten
  • Two Portraits for String Orchestra (1930)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

No.1 'David Layton' for string orchestra - Poco presto
No. 2 'E. B. B.' for solo viola and string orchestra - Poco Lento

  • va + str
  • Viola
  • 15 min
    • 28th April 2024, Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA, United States of America
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Programme Note

These pieces were described by the composer as Sketch no. 1 and Sketch no. 2; a third was left unfinished. David Layton (b 1914) was at Gresham's School, Holt, with Britten, as was Peter Floud (1911-1960) who was the subject of the unfinished third sketch (drafted 10-11 September) [diary]. No. 2 is a self-portrait of the composer, featuring his own string instrument, the viola.