First Delphic Hymn, transcribed by Benjamin Britten

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A single sheet containing a transcription by Benjamin Britten of the first Delphic Hymn, the Greek melody from which Britten drew for his own Hymn to Apollo in the first act of Death in Venice (1973). The manuscript shows by some of Britten's markings the sections of the Greek melody he had decided to adapt for his own purposes.

Administrative / Biographical History

The first Delphic Hymn was the Greek melody from which Benjamin Britten drew for his own Hymn to Apollo in the first act of Death in Venice.

Conditions Governing Access

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