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15 April 2019

Press release by Schott Music

Britten – A Charm of Lullabies



A Charm of Lullabies

Op. 41

Benjamin Britten


• Reprint of an existing edition

• Contains two previously unpublished songs from the cycle

• Includes French and German translation


This edition of A Charm of Lullabies is extended by an appendix containing two songs originally intended for the cycle but discarded by the composer: A Sweet Lullaby (Nicholas Breton) and Somnus, the Humble God (John Denham).

These two songs were first performed at the 2018 BBC Proms by Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) and Joseph Middleton (piano), and the first recording, by the same performers, is available on Chandos (CHAN10944).

The publication includes lyrics with German and French reference translations. Also included are an introduction by Eric Crozier, performance notes by Nancy Evans, and an editorial note on the additional songs by Colin Matthews.