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 Performances & Interviews


Benjamin Britten Tracks

Benjamin Britten
The Big Chariot (Songs from the Chinese Op.58)
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The Big Chariot (Songs from the Chinese Op.58)

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Benjamin Britten
Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra, Op 31
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Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra, Op 31
Anon.
Early one morning
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Early one morning
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The trees they grow so high
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The trees they grow so high
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War Requiem, Op 66 (Agnus Dei)
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War Requiem, Op 66 (Agnus Dei)
Benjamin Britten
Cabaret Songs: Funeral blues
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Cabaret Songs: Funeral blues
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Courtly Dances (Gloriana)
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Courtly Dances (Gloriana)
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Dies Irae (War Requiem)
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Dies Irae (War Requiem)
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus Op 27
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Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus Op 27
Benjamin Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act 3, scene 2)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act 3, scene 2)
Traditional Irish, Benjamin Britten, Anthony Rolfe Johnson & Graham Johnson
Down by the Salley Gardens
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Down by the Salley Gardens
Benjamin Britten
The Foggy Foggy Dew
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The Foggy Foggy Dew
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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
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Moonlight)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Moonlight)
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5 Flower Songs
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5 Flower Songs
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da requiem Op.20
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Sinfonia da requiem Op.20
Benjamin Britten
Quartet no. 3 Op.94 for strings: ii) Ostinato
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Quartet no. 3 Op.94 for strings: ii) Ostinato
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to the Virgin
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Hymn to the Virgin
Benjamin Britten
Extract from Act I of The Turn of the Screw
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Extract from Act I of The Turn of the Screw

Extract from Act I of The Turn of the Screw

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David Hemmings (soprano), Peter Pears (tenor), English Opera Group Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (conductor)
Benjamin Britten
War Requiem - Libera me, Domine
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War Requiem - Libera me, Domine
Benjamin Britten
Violin Concerto, op. 15
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Violin Concerto, op. 15
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
6 Metamorphoses after Ovid
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6 Metamorphoses after Ovid
Claude Debussy
Cello Sonata in D minor (2nd mvt)
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Cello Sonata in D minor (2nd mvt)
Franz Schubert
Arpeggione Sonata, D 821
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Arpeggione Sonata, D 821
Benjamin Britten
4 Sea interludes Op.33a
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4 Sea interludes Op.33a
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4 Sea interludes from Peter Grimes - no.2 Sunday Morning
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4 Sea interludes from Peter Grimes - no.2 Sunday Morning
Benjamin Britten
S'un casto amor (Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo)
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S'un casto amor (Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo)
Franz Schubert
Die Forelle, D.550
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Die Forelle, D.550
Benjamin Britten
The Rainbow (Three Two-Part Songs)
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The Rainbow (Three Two-Part Songs)
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The Last Rose of Summer
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The Last Rose of Summer
Frédéric Chopin
Waltz in E flat major Op.18 (Grande valse brillante) for piano
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Waltz in E flat major Op.18 (Grande valse brillante) for piano
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
Benjamin Britten
Dies Irae (War Requiem)
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Dies Irae (War Requiem)
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes, from 'Peter Grimes'
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Four Sea Interludes, from 'Peter Grimes'

Four Sea Interludes, from 'Peter Grimes'

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Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
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Benjamin Britten
Ca' the yowes
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Ca' the yowes
Benjamin Britten
Friday Afternoons (Cuckoo!)
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Friday Afternoons (Cuckoo!)
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String Quartet No. 3 in G, op. 94
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String Quartet No. 3 in G, op. 94
Benjamin Britten
Soirées musicales (Tirolese; Bolero; Tarantella)
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Soirées musicales (Tirolese; Bolero; Tarantella)
Benjamin Britten
Rustics and Fishermen (Choral Dances from Gloriana)
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Rustics and Fishermen (Choral Dances from Gloriana)
Trad.
English Folksong: O Waly Waly (Folksong from Somerset)
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English Folksong: O Waly Waly (Folksong from Somerset)
Benjamin Britten
Lumberjacks' chorus (Paul Bunyan)
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Lumberjacks' chorus (Paul Bunyan)
Benjamin Britten
Cello Suite No. 2: Andante Lento
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Cello Suite No. 2: Andante Lento
Benjamin Britten
Sacred and profane - 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91)
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Sacred and profane - 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91)
Benjamin Britten
Peter Grimes - Four Sea Interludes (II 'Sunday Morning')
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Peter Grimes - Four Sea Interludes (II 'Sunday Morning')
Benjamin Britten
Nocturne - VI 'She sleeps on soft last breaths'
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Nocturne - VI 'She sleeps on soft last breaths'
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
Saint Nicolas - v. Nicolas comes to Myra and is chosen Bishop
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Saint Nicolas - v. Nicolas comes to Myra and is chosen Bishop
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T06:15:45
8
Sep
1971

Proms 1971: Prom 45

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Proms 1967: Prom 05
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-26T06:15:45
26
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 05

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Proms 1967: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T06:15:45
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
1964-08-04T06:15:45
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
1963-09-12T06:15:45
12
Sep
1963

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

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