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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Four Sea Interludes [Peter Grimes]
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Four Sea Interludes [Peter Grimes]
Benjamin Britten
War Requiem (Dies Irae - opening)
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War Requiem (Dies Irae - opening)
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia
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Hymn to St Cecilia
Benjamin Britten
Phantasy for string quintet in F minor [1932]
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Phantasy for string quintet in F minor [1932]

Phantasy for string quintet in F minor [1932]

Performer
Lawrence Power
Ensemble
RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet
Benjamin Britten
Canadian Carnival, Op.19
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Canadian Carnival, Op.19
Benjamin Britten
Prince of the Pagodas - Act II scene II
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Prince of the Pagodas - Act II scene II
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The Lincolnshire Poacher
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The Lincolnshire Poacher
Benjamin Britten
Dirge (Serenade for tenor, horn and strings)
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Dirge (Serenade for tenor, horn and strings)
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

A Hymn to the Virgin

Performer
Mi-Young Kim
Susanne Langner
Volker Arndt
Stefan Drexlmeier
Conductor
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Benjamin Britten
Three Divertimenti for String Quartet: III. Burlesque
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Three Divertimenti for String Quartet: III. Burlesque
Benjamin Britten
The Plough Boy (Folksong Arrangements, Vol. 3)
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The Plough Boy (Folksong Arrangements, Vol. 3)
Benjamin Britten
Night covers up the rigid land for voice and piano [1937]
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Night covers up the rigid land for voice and piano [1937]
Benjamin Britten
The Nurse's Song
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The Nurse's Song
Benjamin Britten
A New Year Carol
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A New Year Carol
Benjamin Britten
Little Sir William
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Little Sir William
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National Anthem
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National Anthem
Benjamin Britten
Jazz-Man (Friday Afternoons, Op 7)
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Jazz-Man (Friday Afternoons, Op 7)
Benjamin Britten
Begone, Dull Care (Friday Afternoons, Op 7)
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Begone, Dull Care (Friday Afternoons, Op 7)
Benjamin Britten
Movements for a Clarinet Concerto
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Movements for a Clarinet Concerto
Benjamin Britten
Turn of the Screw - Act 1 scene 4 The Tower (How Beautiful it is)
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Turn of the Screw - Act 1 scene 4 The Tower (How Beautiful it is)
Benjamin Britten
Violin Concerto - 1st movement
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Violin Concerto - 1st movement
Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major BWV 1048
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Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major BWV 1048
Benjamin Britten
The Prince of the Pagodas Op.57 (David Attenborough mixtape)
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The Prince of the Pagodas Op.57 (David Attenborough mixtape)
Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols (Interlude)
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A Ceremony of Carols (Interlude)
Benjamin Britten
Suite on English Folk Tunes - Cakes and Ale
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Suite on English Folk Tunes - Cakes and Ale
Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols (Op.28)
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A Ceremony of Carols (Op.28)

A Ceremony of Carols (Op.28)

Performer
Ivelina Ivancheva
Conductor
Ivelin Dimitrov
Benjamin Britten
Wolcum Yole (A Ceremony of Carols)
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Wolcum Yole (A Ceremony of Carols)

Wolcum Yole (A Ceremony of Carols)

Choir
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
The Temple Church Boys' Choir & Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony Of Carols, Op. 28 - There Is No Rose
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A Ceremony Of Carols, Op. 28 - There Is No Rose
The Temple Church Boys' Choir & Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony Of Carols, Op. 28 - Procession
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A Ceremony Of Carols, Op. 28 - Procession

A Ceremony Of Carols, Op. 28 - Procession

Performer
The Temple Church Boys' Choir
Frank Bridge
Sir Roger de Coverley
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Sir Roger de Coverley
Benjamin Britten
A Boy Was Born; Variation III: Jesu, as Thou art our Saviour
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A Boy Was Born; Variation III: Jesu, as Thou art our Saviour

A Boy Was Born; Variation III: Jesu, as Thou art our Saviour

Singer
Choir
Ladies from Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Choir of Kings College Chapel
Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols (Deo Gracias)
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A Ceremony of Carols (Deo Gracias)
Benjamin Britten
Five Flower Songs, Op. 47: 4. The Evening Primrose
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Five Flower Songs, Op. 47: 4. The Evening Primrose
Percy Grainger
Shepherd's Hey!
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Shepherd's Hey!
Benjamin Britten
Paul Bunyan: A Call and Chorus of Lumberjacks
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Paul Bunyan: A Call and Chorus of Lumberjacks
Benjamin Britten
Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury for 3 trumpets
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Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury for 3 trumpets
Benjamin Britten
A Hymn to the Virgin
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A Hymn to the Virgin
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to the Virgin
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Hymn to the Virgin
Benjamin Britten
The Choirmaster's Burial (Winter Words, Op 52 No 5)
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The Choirmaster's Burial (Winter Words, Op 52 No 5)
Benjamin Britten
Concerto Op.13 for piano and orchestra
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Concerto Op.13 for piano and orchestra
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
A Hymn to the Virgin
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A Hymn to the Virgin
Benjamin Britten
Now the Great Bear and the Pleaides (Peter Grimes)
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Now the Great Bear and the Pleaides (Peter Grimes)
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27)
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Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27)
Benjamin Britten
Ceremony of Carols - Wolcum yole and There is o rose uem pastores laudavere
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Ceremony of Carols - Wolcum yole and There is o rose uem pastores laudavere
Benjamin Britten
Sacred and profane - 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91)
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Sacred and profane - 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T08:32:49
8
Sep
1971

Proms 1971: Prom 45

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Proms 1967: Prom 05
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-26T08:32:49
26
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 05

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Proms 1967: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T08:32:49
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
1964-08-04T08:32:49
4
Aug
1964

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

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Proms 1963: Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year
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Royal Albert Hall
1963-09-12T08:32:49
12
Sep
1963

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

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