Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Cancelled)

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In 1945, Benjamin Britten composed Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, having in mind an educational sound guide, for a young audience, to serve as intro to the several sounds and instruments of an orchestra. Britten composed thirteen variations and a fugue on a theme of Henry Purcell, one of his favourite composers. We worked each variation from a different section of the orchestra and from the exploration of its specific characteristics. Disconnected from the original documentary it was meant for, the music remains to this day one of the most captivating intros to the orchestra.


Gulbenkian Orchestra
Nuno Coelho Conductor
Jonathan Roozeman Cello
Vasco Dantas Piano
Vera Dias Comments

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra, op. 33

Benjamin Britten
Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, op. 34

Sergei Rachmaninov
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, op. 43