Benjamin Britten
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1913-11-22
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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten Biography (BBC)

Born in Suffolk on 22 November 1913 (propitiously, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music) Benjamin Britten began piano lessons aged five, composing songs for his mother by the age of ten. At 13 he began composition studies with Frank Bridge before entering the Royal College of Music in 1930. His documentary scores for the GPO (General Post Office) Film Unit brought him into collaboration with W. H. Auden, a liberating force, and in 1937 he not only attracted international attention with his Frank Bridge Variations at the Salzburg Festival, but also met the tenor Peter Pears, who would remain a lifelong partner and vocal interpreter.

Britten revitalised English opera with his first stage triumph Peter Grimes (1945), launching the Aldeburgh Festival three years later. He performed often as a conductor and pianist, and though he wrote a significant number of chamber and choral works (among them three string quartets, and the War Requiem, 1961) it is principally for his vocal and especially opera output that he continues to be remembered.

Benjamin Britten Biography (Wikipedia)

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945).

Born in Suffolk, the son of a dentist, Britten showed talent from an early age. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and privately with the composer Frank Bridge. Britten first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy was Born in 1934. With the premiere of Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. Over the next 28 years, he wrote 14 more operas, establishing himself as one of the leading 20th-century composers in the genre. In addition to large-scale operas for Sadler's Wells and Covent Garden, he wrote "chamber operas" for small forces, suitable for performance in venues of modest size. Among the best known of these is The Turn of the Screw (1954). Recurring themes in the operas are the struggle of an outsider against a hostile society, and the corruption of innocence.

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Peter Grimes: Act I, Scene II Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
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Peter Grimes: Act I, Scene II Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
Benjamin Britten
Ballad of Green Broom (5 Flower Songs)
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Ballad of Green Broom (5 Flower Songs)
Benjamin Britten
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31
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Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31
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Salley Gardens
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Salley Gardens
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Tell me the Truth about Love (Cabaret Songs)
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Tell me the Truth about Love (Cabaret Songs)
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A Hymn to the Virgin
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A Hymn to the Virgin
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A Shepherd's Carol
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A Shepherd's Carol
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The Big Chariot; The Old Lute (Songs of the Chinese)
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The Big Chariot; The Old Lute (Songs of the Chinese)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Allegro molto (3rd mvt from Sonata in D major K.448 for 2 pianos)
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Allegro molto (3rd mvt from Sonata in D major K.448 for 2 pianos)
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Turn of the Screw - Variation V, Scene 6: The Lesson
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Turn of the Screw - Variation V, Scene 6: The Lesson
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Old Joe Has Gone Fishing
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Old Joe Has Gone Fishing

Old Joe Has Gone Fishing

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Geraint Evans (Singer)
Orchestra and Chorus Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Douglas Robinson (Chorus Master)
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God Save the Queen arr Britten
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God Save the Queen arr Britten
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Dawn from Four Sea Interludes Op. 33a
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Dawn from Four Sea Interludes Op. 33a
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Past BBC Events

Prom 45 Proms 1971
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T18:18:09
8
Sep
1971

Prom 45 Proms 1971

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 05 Proms 1967
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-26T18:18:09
26
Jul
1967

Prom 05 Proms 1967

19:00
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 03 Proms 1967
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T18:18:09
24
Jul
1967

Prom 03 Proms 1967

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 09 - Fiftieth Anniversary of the First World War Proms 1964
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Royal Albert Hall
1964-08-04T18:18:09
4
Aug
1964

Prom 09 - Fiftieth Anniversary of the First World War Proms 1964

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year Proms 1963
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Royal Albert Hall
1963-09-12T18:18:09
12
Sep
1963

Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year Proms 1963

19:30
Royal Albert Hall

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