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 Lowestoft, 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 Performances & Interviews


Benjamin Britten Tracks

Benjamin Britten
A Wedding anthem (Amo ergo sum) Op.46
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A Wedding anthem (Amo ergo sum) Op.46

A Wedding anthem (Amo ergo sum) Op.46

Performer
Mark Millhofer, Carys Lane, Lichfield Cathedral Choir, The Finzi Singers & Paul Spicer

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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]
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Simple Symphony (Frolicsome Finale)
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Simple Symphony (Frolicsome Finale)
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O Waly, Waly
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O Waly, Waly
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Sir! Heare are lions, leapardes, in - Noye’s Fludde, All Aboard
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Sir! Heare are lions, leapardes, in - Noye’s Fludde, All Aboard

Sir! Heare are lions, leapardes, in - Noye’s Fludde, All Aboard

Performer
Donald Maxwell, Richard Pasco, Coull String Quartet, members of the Ednymion Ensemble, Alan Harwood (organ)
Benjamin Britten
Noye, Noye, take thou thy company - Noye’s Fludde, All Aboard
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Noye, Noye, take thou thy company - Noye’s Fludde, All Aboard

Noye, Noye, take thou thy company - Noye’s Fludde, All Aboard

Performer
Donald Maxwell, Richard Pasco, Coull String Quartet, members of the Ednymion Ensemble, Alan Harwood (organ)
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'
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Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'
Benjamin Britten
Sacred and Profane
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Sacred and Profane
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Hymn to the Virgin
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Hymn to the Virgin
Claude Debussy
Sonata In D Minor For cello and piano
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Sonata In D Minor For cello and piano
Benjamin Britten
Temporal variations for oboe and piano [1936]
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Temporal variations for oboe and piano [1936]
Benjamin Britten
Soirées musicales, Op 9 (March and Canzonetta)
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Soirées musicales, Op 9 (March and Canzonetta)
Benjamin Britten
Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (Peter Grimes)
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Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (Peter Grimes)
Benjamin Britten
The Salley Gardens
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The Salley Gardens
Benjamin Britten
Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, Op 33b
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Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, Op 33b
Benjamin Britten
Cello Suite No 3 (1st, 2nd, 3rd mvts)
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Cello Suite No 3 (1st, 2nd, 3rd mvts)
Benjamin Britten
Symphonic Suite from the Opera 'Gloriana'
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Symphonic Suite from the Opera 'Gloriana'
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Young Apollo
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Young Apollo
Benjamin Britten
Piano Concerto
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Piano Concerto
Henry Purcell
Chaconne in G minor, Z 730
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Chaconne in G minor, Z 730
Benjamin Britten
The Last Rose of Summer
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The Last Rose of Summer
Benjamin Britten
Ciaccona: Allegro (Suite no. 2 Op.80)
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Ciaccona: Allegro (Suite no. 2 Op.80)
Benjamin Britten
Piano Concerto
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Piano Concerto
Benjamin Britten
Simple Symphony (Playful pizzicato)
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Simple Symphony (Playful pizzicato)
Benjamin Britten
Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge: Romance
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Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge: Romance

Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge: Romance

Orchestra
National Youth String Orchestra
Conductor
Last played on
Benjamin Britten
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo: Sonnetto XXX
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Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo: Sonnetto XXX
Benjamin Britten
The Ballad of Green Broom (5 Flower songs Op.47)
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The Ballad of Green Broom (5 Flower songs Op.47)
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Storm)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Storm)
Benjamin Britten
The Tournament (Gloriana - Symphonic Suite)
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The Tournament (Gloriana - Symphonic Suite)
Benjamin Britten
Violin Concerto
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Violin Concerto
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus Op 27
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Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus Op 27
Benjamin Britten
Young Apollo, Op 16
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Young Apollo, Op 16
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
Benjamin Britten
Violin Concerto
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Violin Concerto

Violin Concerto

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Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School
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Benjamin Britten
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - Fugue
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The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - Fugue
Benjamin Britten
Pan, from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op. 49
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Pan, from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op. 49
Henry Purcell
Sweeter than roses
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Sweeter than roses
Benjamin Britten
Courtly Dances (Gloriana)
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Courtly Dances (Gloriana)
Benjamin Britten
An American Overture
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An American Overture
Benjamin Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream: I Know A Bank
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: I Know A Bank
John Bacchus Dykes
Eternal Father (Noye's Fludde)
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Eternal Father (Noye's Fludde)
Thomas Arne
National Anthem: God Save The Queen
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National Anthem: God Save The Queen

National Anthem: God Save The Queen

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Music Arranger
Orchestra
Chetham's Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Stephen Threlfall
Percy Grainger
Shallow Brown
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Shallow Brown
Charles Dibdin
Tom Bowling
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Tom Bowling
Benjamin Britten
Choral Dances from Gloriana
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Choral Dances from Gloriana
Benjamin Britten
Second Lute Song of the Earl of Essex (Gloriana)
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Second Lute Song of the Earl of Essex (Gloriana)
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes - 'Moonlight' from Peter Grimes
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Four Sea Interludes - 'Moonlight' from Peter Grimes
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; Storm
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; Storm
Benjamin Britten
Saint Nicolas
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Saint Nicolas
Benjamin Britten
The Big Chariot; The Old Lute (Songs of the Chinese)
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The Big Chariot; The Old Lute (Songs of the Chinese)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T10:36:07
8
Sep
1971

Proms 1971: Prom 45

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Proms 1967: Prom 05
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1967-07-26T10:36:07
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Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 05

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Proms 1967: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T10:36:07
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
1964-08-04T10:36:07
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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
1963-09-12T10:36:07
12
Sep
1963

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

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