Instruments of the Orchestra (1946)
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Great British Composers on Film
4. Instruments of the Orchestra (1946)
In the 1940s, the shortage of trained music teachers in schools was filled in part by educational films. The first and most well known was Instruments of the Orchestra, directed by Muir Mathieson, for which Britten wrote his Variations on a Theme of Purcell, now known as 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra'. Filmed at Pinewood, Sir Malcolm Sargent takes viewers through each section of the orchestra before playing the fugue that engages the whole ensemble.