Britten, Benjamin , Plomer, William (Librettist): Curlew River


Full Score (paper)

Inspired by a performance of the 15th century Noh-play, The Sumida River, Britten presents this Parable in the form of a medieval religious drama with plainsong taking the place of the traditional ancient Japanese music. The simple yet moving story tells of a demented mother who seeks her lost son, only to find his grave by the side of the Curlew River.

SKU: 9780571507207 Category:

Additional information


Faber Music



Primary composer/editor/arranger

Benjamin, Britten, Plomer, William (Librettist)

Published date



Tenor Vocal & Choral, Baritone Vocal & Choral, Treble Vocal & Choral(s), Bass Vocal & Choral, Lower Vocal & Chorals, Chamber Ensemble