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

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I Wonder as I Wander
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I Wonder as I Wander

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Sea Interludes - Sunday Morning
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Sea Interludes - Sunday Morning
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Night mail
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Night mail
Benjamin Britten
Phantasy op.2 for oboe, violin, viola and cello
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Phantasy op.2 for oboe, violin, viola and cello
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonietta, Op. 1 - Tarantella
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Sinfonietta, Op. 1 - Tarantella
Benjamin Britten
String Quartet in F major (1928) [4th movement]
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String Quartet in F major (1928) [4th movement]
Benjamin Britten
String Quartet in F major (1928) [1st movement]
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String Quartet in F major (1928) [1st movement]
Benjamin Britten
Saint Nicolas Op.42 (The Birth of Nicolas)
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Saint Nicolas Op.42 (The Birth of Nicolas)
Benjamin Britten
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne (Since she whom I loved)
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The Holy Sonnets of John Donne (Since she whom I loved)
Benjamin Britten
A ceremony of carols: Interlude
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A ceremony of carols: Interlude
Claude Debussy
Cello Sonata in D minor (Prologue)
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Cello Sonata in D minor (Prologue)
Benjamin Britten
Choral Dances from Gloriana
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Choral Dances from Gloriana
Benjamin Britten
Winter Words Op 52: Midnight on the Great Western
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Winter Words Op 52: Midnight on the Great Western
Benjamin Britten
Quartet No 2 in C major Op 36 (2nd mvt)
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Quartet No 2 in C major Op 36 (2nd mvt)
Benjamin Britten
A Charm of lullabies, Op 41
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A Charm of lullabies, Op 41
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Two Lullabies
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Two Lullabies
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A Ceremony Of Carols (There Is No Rose)
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A Ceremony Of Carols (There Is No Rose)
Benjamin Britten
Peter Grimes
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Peter Grimes

Peter Grimes

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Alan Oke
Giselle Allen
Choir
Chorus of Opera North
The Chorus of Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Benjamin Britten
Ceremony of Carols: This Little Babe
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Ceremony of Carols: This Little Babe
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
Benjamin Britten
Friday Afternoons (Cuckoo!)
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Friday Afternoons (Cuckoo!)
Benjamin Britten
Temporal Variations for oboe and piano (1936)
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Temporal Variations for oboe and piano (1936)
Benjamin Britten
Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra
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Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra
Benjamin Britten
A Hymn to the virgin
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A Hymn to the virgin
Benjamin Britten
Simple Symphony (Playful Pizzicato)
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Simple Symphony (Playful Pizzicato)
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
Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
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Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
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The building of the house - Overture, Op.79
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The building of the house - Overture, Op.79
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Sailing (Holiday Diary)
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Sailing (Holiday Diary)
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Choral dances from 'Gloriana'
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Choral dances from 'Gloriana'
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I Wonder as I Wander
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I Wonder as I Wander
Benjamin Britten
Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: I. Dawn
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Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: I. Dawn
Benjamin Britten
Holiday Diary (Early Morning Bathe)
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Holiday Diary (Early Morning Bathe)
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Oliver Cromwel
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Oliver Cromwel
Benjamin Britten
Winter Words: Before Life and After
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Winter Words: Before Life and After
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Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Hymn)
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Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Hymn)
Trad.
The Salley Gardens
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The Salley Gardens
Benjamin Britten
There is no Rose (A Ceremony of Carols)
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There is no Rose (A Ceremony of Carols)
Robert Schumann
Violin Concerto (2nd mvt)
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Violin Concerto (2nd mvt)
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op 20
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Sinfonia da Requiem, Op 20
Benjamin Britten
War Requiem (Agnus Dei)
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War Requiem (Agnus Dei)
Benjamin Britten
Simple symphony Op.4 for string orchestra
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Simple symphony Op.4 for string orchestra
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
Benjamin Britten
Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (Peter Grimes)
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Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (Peter Grimes)
Benjamin Britten
At the mid hour of night
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At the mid hour of night
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia, Op.27
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Hymn to St Cecilia, Op.27
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op 20
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Sinfonia da Requiem, Op 20
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da Requiem Op.20
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Sinfonia da Requiem Op.20
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da Requiem; Dies Irae
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Sinfonia da Requiem; Dies Irae
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T16:33:21
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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
1967-07-26T16:33:21
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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
1967-07-24T16:33:21
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
1964-08-04T16:33:21
4
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
1963-09-12T16:33:21
12
Sep
1963

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

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