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 his operas include the struggle of an outsider against a hostile society and the corruption of innocence.

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Benjamin Britten
Serenade For Tenor, Horn and Strings
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Serenade For Tenor, Horn and Strings

Serenade For Tenor, Horn and Strings

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Christopher Parks and Ian Bostridge
Benjamin Britten
Young Apollo, Op 16
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Young Apollo, Op 16
Benjamin Britten
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
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The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Benjamin Britten
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Nocturne)
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Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Nocturne)
Benjamin Britten
Peter Grimes (Sea Interlude No 3)
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Peter Grimes (Sea Interlude No 3)
Benjamin Britten
Turn of the Screw (End of Act I)
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Turn of the Screw (End of Act I)

Turn of the Screw (End of Act I)

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Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conductor Colin Davis
Benjamin Britten
4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a) [concert version]
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4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a) [concert version]
Benjamin Britten
A Hymn to the Virgin
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A Hymn to the Virgin
Benjamin Britten
6 Metamorphoses after Ovid
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6 Metamorphoses after Ovid
Benjamin Britten
On This Island (Nocturne)
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On This Island (Nocturne)
Franz Schubert
Sonata in A minor for arpeggione and piano, D 821
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Sonata in A minor for arpeggione and piano, D 821

Sonata in A minor for arpeggione and piano, D 821

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Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Benjamin Britten, piano
Benjamin Britten
O Waly, Waly; The Ash Grove
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O Waly, Waly; The Ash Grove
Benjamin Britten
Finale (London, to thee) from Spring Symphony, Op.44
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Finale (London, to thee) from Spring Symphony, Op.44
Benjamin Britten
Courtly Dances from Gloriana op 53
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Courtly Dances from Gloriana op 53
Benjamin Britten
4 Sea Interludes - Sunday Morning and Storm
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4 Sea Interludes - Sunday Morning and Storm
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
Benjamin Britten
Young Apollo
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Young Apollo
Benjamin Britten
Sonnet XVI, from Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo
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Sonnet XVI, from Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo

Sonnet XVI, from Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo

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Thomas Atkins (tenor)
James Hendry (piano)
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Henry Purcell
Now that the sun hath veiled his light (Evening Hymn)
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Now that the sun hath veiled his light (Evening Hymn)
Benjamin Britten
Fancy
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Fancy
Benjamin Britten
Les Illuminations for voice and string orchestra (Op.18)
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Les Illuminations for voice and string orchestra (Op.18)
Benjamin Britten
Greensleeves
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Greensleeves

Greensleeves

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Benjamin Appl
Marc Verter
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Benjamin Britten
O waly, waly
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O waly, waly
Benjamin Britten
Early one morning for voice and piano
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Early one morning for voice and piano
Benjamin Britten
War Requiem (Agnus Dei)
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War Requiem (Agnus Dei)
Benjamin Britten
Choral Dances from Gloriana - Coronation opera for Elizabeth II (Op.53)
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Choral Dances from Gloriana - Coronation opera for Elizabeth II (Op.53)
Benjamin Britten
Movements for a clarinet concerto
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Movements for a clarinet concerto
Benjamin Britten
Canadian Carnival, Op.19
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Canadian Carnival, Op.19
Benjamin Britten
Piano Concerto Op.13
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Piano Concerto Op.13
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B K595 - Finale
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Piano Concerto No. 27 in B K595 - Finale
Benjamin Britten
Winter Words, Op. 52: Proud Songsters
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Winter Words, Op. 52: Proud Songsters
Benjamin Britten - Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchetra And Ondrej Lenárd
The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, Variations And Fugue On A Theme By Purcell, Op. 34: Fugue
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The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, Variations And Fugue On A Theme By Purcell, Op. 34: Fugue

The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, Variations And Fugue On A Theme By Purcell, Op. 34: Fugue

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Benjamin Britten - Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchetra And Ondrej Lenárd
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Joseph Haydn
Concerto No. 1 In C Major H.7b.1 For Cello And Orchestra, 3rd movement
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Concerto No. 1 In C Major H.7b.1 For Cello And Orchestra, 3rd movement
Benjamin Britten
O Waly Waly
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O Waly Waly

O Waly Waly

Performer
Peter Piers
Osian Ellis
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Benjamin Britten
Simple Symphony, Op.4
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Simple Symphony, Op.4
Benjamin Britten
Suite Op.6: Waltz - Alla valse, vivace e rubato
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Suite Op.6: Waltz - Alla valse, vivace e rubato
Benjamin Britten
Cello Sonata: V. Moto perpetuo
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Cello Sonata: V. Moto perpetuo
Benjamin Britten
Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
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Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
Traditional Irish, Benjamin Britten, Arleen Augér & Dalton Baldwin
Salley Gardens
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Salley Gardens

Salley Gardens

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Traditional Irish
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Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27)
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Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27)
Benjamin Britten
Sweet Polly Oliver [English]
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Sweet Polly Oliver [English]
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes: I. Dawn
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes: I. Dawn
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (feat. Peter Donohoe & Philippe Schartz) (BBC NOW 2016-17 Season)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (feat. Peter Donohoe & Philippe Schartz) (BBC NOW 2016-17 Season)
Benjamin Britten
Russian funeral - march for brass and percussion
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Russian funeral - march for brass and percussion
Benjamin Britten
The trees they grow so high
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The trees they grow so high
Benjamin Britten
Spring The Sweet Thing from Spring Symphony
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Spring The Sweet Thing from Spring Symphony

Spring The Sweet Thing from Spring Symphony

Performer
Philharmonia Orchestra, Salisbury Cathedral Choir, Monteverdi Choir
Benjamin Britten
Nocturnal after John Dowland Op.70 for guitar
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Nocturnal after John Dowland Op.70 for guitar
Benjamin Britten
The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra
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The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra
Benjamin Britten
Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31)
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Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T13:44:46
8
Sep
1971

Proms 1971: Prom 45

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Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1967: Prom 05
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-26T13:44:46
26
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 05

19:00
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1967: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T13:44:46
24
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 03

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1964: Prom 09 - Fiftieth Anniversary of the First World War
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Royal Albert Hall
1964-08-04T13:44:46
4
Aug
1964

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

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1963: Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year
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Royal Albert Hall
1963-09-12T13:44:46
12
Sep
1963

Proms 1963: Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year

19:30
Royal Albert Hall

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