00:01:30 In order to show you how
00:01:31 a big symphony orchestra is put together,
00:01:34 Benjamin Britten has written a big piece of music,
00:01:37 which is made up of smaller pieces
00:01:39 that show you all the separate parts of the orchestra.
00:01:42 These smaller pieces are called variations,
00:01:45 which means different ways of playing the same tune.
00:01:48 First of all, he lets us hear the tune or the theme,
00:01:52 which is a beautiful melody
00:01:53 by the much older British composer Henry Purcell.
00:01:56 Here is Purcell's theme played by the whole orchestra together.
00:02:30 Now, Mr. Britten lets you hear the four different families of the orchestra
00:02:34 playing the same Purcell theme in different ways.
00:02:37 First, we hear the woodwind family.
00:02:39 The flutes, the oboes, the clarinets and the bassoons.
00:03:05 Here comes the brass family.
00:03:07 The trumpets, the horns, the trombones and the tubas.
00:03:16 One to four.
00:03:29 Now, Mr. Britten arranges the Purcell theme for the string family.
00:03:33 I'm sick of this rain.
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