Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten

Here is an introduction to the Orchestra using the soundtrack from Young Persons Guide by Benjamin Britten. Click on the image for the animation. The animation plays each part when you click on instruments. There is also a drag and drop game and fill in the blanks for each section. It takes me back to the time when I played in Gloucester Youth Orchestra as lead EEb Tuba.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34, was written by Benjamin Britten in 1946 with a subtitle “Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell”. The work is one of the best-known pieces by the composer, and is one of the three popularly used scores in children’s music education, together with Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

If you cannot view as a flash animation, I have zipped up all the sources files so you can download and play locally….Orchestra  (zip file)

Also if you need a “local flash” player, pick the “projector” and install on your local PC and play the SWF directly.  Everything will load from there.

Click below to launch the animation….

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