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Canticle III: Still falls the rain

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Canticle III: Still falls the rain, Op. 55, is a 1954 vocal composition by Benjamin Britten for tenor, horn and piano. It is part of his series Canticles. Composition and premiere Britten composed Canticle III, Still falls the rain: The raids 1940. Night and dawn, to give its full title, in 1954 for a memorial concert for the pianist Noel Mewton-Wood. The concert was given at Wigmore Hall in January 1955. Canticle III was premiered by Peter Pears (tenor), Dennis Brain (French horn) and the composer on piano. Source poem The poem on which Canticle III is based is by Edith Sitwell and was first published in 1941. It was written after the raids on London in 1940. The poem is dark, and full of the disillusions of World War II. It speaks of the failure of man, and of the yet unconditional love of God. Music The structure of the piece is similar to that of the opera The Turn of the Screw which was premiered a few months before Canticle III. This structure is
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