Young Apollo

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Young Apollo, Op. 16, is a music composition for piano, string quartet and string orchestra composed by Benjamin Britten.

Commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the work was completed in 1939, just after Britten's arrival in the United States. It carries as an epigraph the final lines of "Hyperion", an incomplete poem by John Keats[1] but the work was inspired by Wulff Scherchen, a young, German blond who was Britten's first love interest.

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 a second performance on 20 December in New York, and it was not performed again until 1979.[3]


  1. ^ Andrew Clements (29 August 2008). "Classical review". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Elaine Keillor. "Alexander Chuhaldin". The Canadian Encyclopedia. 
  3. ^ Cooke, Mervyn (1991). Rattle conducts Britten (CD liner notes). London: EMI Classics. pp. 5–6. 72435 73983-2.