Young Apollo

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Young Apollo, Op. 16, is a music composition for piano and strings that was composed by Benjamin Britten.

Commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Britten completed the work in 1939, just after his arrival in the United States. It was inspired by "Hyperion", an incomplete poem by John Keats.[1]

The work premiered on 27 August 1939 on CBC Radio's Melodic Strings with Britten as soloist and Alexander Chuhaldin conducting. Britten dedicated the work to Chuhaldin.[2] The composer withdrew the work following this performance and the work had to wait until 1979 before it was performed again, this time at the Aldeburgh Festival.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Andrew Clements (29 August 2008). "Classical review". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Elaine Keillor. "Alexander Chuhaldin". The Canadian Encyclopedia.