Benjamin Britten

Learn more about Britten

More shows about Britten

Return to past shows list

Download this month's activity sheet

Benjamin Britten
Simple Symphony

The Simple Symphony

Benjamin Britten composed his Simple Symphony when he was twenty, but he based it on music that he'd written much earlier -- some of it when he was only 10! The “Simple Symphony” has four movements, each of which has a very catchy name: Boisterous Bouree, Playful Pizzicato, Sentimental Sarabande, and Frolicsome Finale.

Track list:
Britten: Simple Symphony: Boisterous Bouree
Britten: Simple Symphony: Playful Pizzicato
Bach: Violin Partita #3: Gavotte
Britten: Simple Symphony: Sentimental Serenade
Falla: Simple Symphony: Frolicsome Finale

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. Britten wrote The Simple Symphony for what ensembles?

Quartets

Choral Groups

Jazz Bands

School Orchestras

Marching Bands


2.What is a Bouree?

A Dance

A Brass Instrument

A Book

A French Song

A Dish


3. What does Pizzicato mean?

Happy

Soft

Plucked

Plain

Bowed


This Week's Show | Past Shows | Hear the Music | Games | Instruments of the Orchestra
Musical Dictionary | Schedule & Stations | Events | Links | Talk to Us | Help
Teachers | Parents | About Classics for Kids | Privacy Policy | WGUC | Home
©2014, Cincinnati Public Radio, Inc.