Structural Organization in Benjamin Britten's Three Suites for Solo Cello
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Benjamin Britten's instrumental music has received relatively little attention in the music theory community compared to is operas and vocal music. This lecture document examines three of his instrumental works: the Suite for Cello, Op. 72, Second Suite for Cello, Op. 80, and Third Suite for Cello, Op. 87. An analysis of the First Suite will serve as the centerpiece of this document, while select movements from the other two Suites will reveal how Britten reinforces compositional methods established in the First Suite.