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Instruments of the Orchestra

Alternative title
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Synopsis
Contains the Benjamin Britten composition ‘Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell’ better known as ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’. Through the co-operation of the composer, conductor, the instrumentalists and the film technicians, the concert orchestra is brought into the classroom and the role of each instrument analysed. Sir Malcolm Sargent introduces, conducts and comments on this performance by the London Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is shown playing together, then by groups (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion), and then the instruments are taken individually. In conclusion the orchestra is seen once again playing the fugue together.
Series
Instruments of the Orchestra/Steps of the Ballet
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w. 21 min.
Year of production
1946
Availability
Out of Distribution
Notes
The Crown Film Unit’s film of Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting the LSO in Britten’s ‘A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ is available on a DVD called ‘Classical Music in the Forties’, from Presto Classical: http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Beulah/YB35
Subjects
Music
Keywords
Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976); musical instruments; orchestral music; orchestras

Production Company

Name

Crown Film Unit

Distributor

Name

Editions Audiovisual Beulah

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