Get to Know Us. Singers and players admired Britten's conducting, and David Webster rated it highly enough to offer him the musical directorship of the Covent Garden Opera in Philip Brett, in Grove ' s article on Britten, calls it "a patronizing attempt by W H Auden to evoke the spirit of a nation not his own in which Britten was a somewhat dazzled accomplice". Although Britten had little idea of what the poem was about,  the musicologist Arnold Whittall finds the text "almost frighteningly apt He won the Sullivan Prize for composition, the Cobbett Prize for chamber music, and was twice winner of the Ernest Farrar Prize for composition. Eliot 's poem "Journey of the Magi". Dame Janet Baker.
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Philips And Decca Recordings It fails because it is neither picturesquely nor formally symphonic". Unlike many leading English composers, Britten was not known as a teacher, [n 8] but in he accepted his only private pupil, Arthur Oldhamwho studied with him for three years.
This presents all its poems in a continuous stream of music; Brett writes that it "interleaves a ritornello-like setting of the seven proverbs with seven songs that paint an increasingly sombre picture of human existence.