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 of Aldeburgh 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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The Sun shines down - song for voice and piano
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The Sun shines down - song for voice and piano
Benjamin Britten
Sea Interludes
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Sea Interludes
Benjamin Britten
Simple symphony Op.4 (Playful pizzicato)
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Simple symphony Op.4 (Playful pizzicato)
Benjamin Britten
Spring Symphony
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Spring Symphony
Edward Elgar
Introduction and Allegro Op. 47
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Introduction and Allegro Op. 47
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da requiem
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Sinfonia da requiem
Benjamin Britten
What is more gentle than a wind in summer? (Nocturne, Op. 60)
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What is more gentle than a wind in summer? (Nocturne, Op. 60)
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op.33a: I. Dawn
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op.33a: I. Dawn
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Sunday Morning)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Sunday Morning)
Edward Elgar
Introduction and Allegro Op. 47
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Introduction and Allegro Op. 47
Benjamin Britten
Courtly Dances: March & Coranto (Gloriana Suite, Op 53a)
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Courtly Dances: March & Coranto (Gloriana Suite, Op 53a)
Benjamin Britten
War Requiem
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War Requiem

War Requiem

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Royal Scottish National Chorus
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Benjamin Britten
Quartet no. 3 Op.94 for strings
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Quartet no. 3 Op.94 for strings
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The Death of Nicholas (Saint Nicholas)
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The Death of Nicholas (Saint Nicholas)
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Psalm 150, Op.67
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Psalm 150, Op.67
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Concord (Gloriana)
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Concord (Gloriana)
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Matinées musicales, Op 24 (Waltz)
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Matinées musicales, Op 24 (Waltz)
Benjamin Britten
Courtly Dances from Gloriana, Op 53
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Courtly Dances from Gloriana, Op 53

Courtly Dances from Gloriana, Op 53

Orchestra
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Lukasz Borowicz
Benjamin Britten
From the gutter... (Peter Grimes, Act 2)
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From the gutter... (Peter Grimes, Act 2)
Benjamin Britten
Rejoice In The Lamb
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Rejoice In The Lamb
Benjamin Britten
Introduction and Allegro
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Introduction and Allegro
Benjamin Britten
Les Illuminations for organ and string orchestra
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Les Illuminations for organ and string orchestra
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The Plough Boy
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The Plough Boy
Benjamin Britten
Simple Symphony (Frolicsome Finale)
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Simple Symphony (Frolicsome Finale)
Benjamin Britten
5 Flower Songs
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5 Flower Songs
Benjamin Britten
Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge (Op.10)
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Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge (Op.10)
Benjamin Britten
How beautiful it is (from The Turn of the Screw)
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How beautiful it is (from The Turn of the Screw)
Benjamin Britten
Canadian Carnival Overture, Op. 19
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Canadian Carnival Overture, Op. 19
Benjamin Britten
Folksong arrangements
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Folksong arrangements
Henry Purcell
Let the night perish (Job's curse)
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Let the night perish (Job's curse)
Benjamin Britten
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Fugue)
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The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Fugue)
Claude Debussy
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor
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Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor
Benjamin Britten
Sacred and profane - 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91)
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Sacred and profane - 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91)
Benjamin Britten
Jubilate Deo
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Jubilate Deo
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27)
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Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27)
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes
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Four Sea Interludes
Benjamin Britten
Lachrymae (Reflections on a song of Dowland) for viola and piano (Op.48)
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Lachrymae (Reflections on a song of Dowland) for viola and piano (Op.48)
Benjamin Britten
The Nurse's Song (A Charm of Lullabies, Op 41)
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The Nurse's Song (A Charm of Lullabies, Op 41)
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Sephestia's Lullaby (A Charm of Lullabies, Op 41)
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Sephestia's Lullaby (A Charm of Lullabies, Op 41)
Benjamin Britten
Suite from Death in Venice (conclusion)
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Suite from Death in Venice (conclusion)
Benjamin Britten
On this island: As it is, plenty
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On this island: As it is, plenty
Benjamin Britten
Tu sai ch'io so, signor mei (Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo)
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Tu sai ch'io so, signor mei (Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo)
Benjamin Britten
Early one morning for voice and piano
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Early one morning for voice and piano

Early one morning for voice and piano

Performer
Paul Turner
Singer
Elizabeth Watts
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'
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Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'
Benjamin Britten
Les illuminations
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Les illuminations
Benjamin Britten
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Fugue)
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The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Fugue)
Trad.
Foggy foggy dew
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Foggy foggy dew
Benjamin Britten
Young Apollo, Op 16
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Young Apollo, Op 16
Benjamin Britten
Sunday morning (Peter Grimes)
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Sunday morning (Peter Grimes)

Sunday morning (Peter Grimes)

Performer
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Takuo Yuasa (conductor)
Benjamin Britten
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid: i. Pan
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Six Metamorphoses after Ovid: i. Pan
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T03:19:43
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Sep
1971

Proms 1971: Prom 45

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Proms 1967: Prom 05
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-26T03:19:43
26
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 05

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Proms 1967: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T03:19:43
24
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 03

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Proms 1964: Prom 09 - Fiftieth Anniversary of the First World War
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Royal Albert Hall
1964-08-04T03:19:43
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Aug
1964

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

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1963: Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year
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Royal Albert Hall
1963-09-12T03:19:43
12
Sep
1963

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

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