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Work: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, song cycle, Op.31

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ComposerBritten, Benjamin (1913-1976)
Period20th century
Year1943
Work typeVocal
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ZürichVery British — Duncan Ward und Mark Padmore

Vaughan Williams, Britten, Tippett
Zurich Chamber Orchestra; Duncan Ward; Mark Padmore; Thomas Müller; Ryszard Groblewski
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