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Instruments of the Orchestra (Britten) Sir Malcolm Sargent LSO

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Uploaded on Apr 9, 2009

One effect of the 1944 Butler Education Act was to place music in schools through Britain. The shortage of trained music teachers was filled in part by educational films. The first and most well known of these films is "Instruments of the Orchestra" for which Benjamin Britten wrote his Variations on a Theme of Purcell "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra". Filmed in Pinewood Studios Sir Malcolm Sargent takes viewers through each section of the orchestra before playing the fugue that encompasses the whole orchestra. The music was recorded in Watford Town Hall in March 1946 by Ken Cameron. The film, directed by Muir Mathieson, was shot to playback at Pinewood Studios in May 1946.

"Instruments of the Orchestra" is now available on Beulah Yesterday's Britain DVD "Classical Music in the Forties" . This also includes Dame Myra Hess playing Beethoven and Mozart, , Dennis Brain playing Beethoven's Horn Sonata and Arthur Benjamin's specially composed ballet coming to life in "Steps of the Ballet". Buy "Classical Music in the Forties" at all good record stores, from Priory Records on +44 (0) 1525 377566 or on line at http://www.eavb.co.uk

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