This opus number was later allocated to Paul Bunyan (1939-41) after Britten had refused several opportunities to publish 'A.M.D.G.' towards the end of his life
See individual movements for further details.
'A.M.D.G.' ('Ad majorem Dei gloriam') was intended for Peter Pears and his Round Table Singers and was therefore designed for performance by a quartet of soloists. The première was planned for November 1939, at the Aeolian Hall, London; work on the piece seems to have been abandoned at the outbreak of war, though nos 1, 2, 5 and 7 were performed in America at untraced concerts some time before 1942 (there are copies of these numbers in Pears's hand, made for use by a small group of solo singers formed by Pears in the USA).