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
Matinees Musicales and Soirees Musicales - after Rossini
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Matinees Musicales and Soirees Musicales - after Rossini

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Benjamin Britten
Simple symphony Op.4 for string orchestra or string quartet
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Simple symphony Op.4 for string orchestra or string quartet
Benjamin Britten
Symphonic Suite from Gloriana, Op 53a; Gloriana moritura
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Symphonic Suite from Gloriana, Op 53a; Gloriana moritura
Benjamin Britten
Funeral Blues (Cabaret Songs)
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Funeral Blues (Cabaret Songs)
Benjamin Britten
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
Nocturnal - after John Dowland (excerpt)
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Nocturnal - after John Dowland (excerpt)
Benjamin Britten
She's like the Swallow
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She's like the Swallow
Benjamin Britten
Dawn; Sunday Morning (4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes)
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Dawn; Sunday Morning (4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes)
Benjamin Britten
Cello Sonata in C major Op 65 (2nd mvt)
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Cello Sonata in C major Op 65 (2nd mvt)
Benjamin Britten
Tit for Tat (A Song of Enchantment)
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Tit for Tat (A Song of Enchantment)
Benjamin Britten
Welcome ode Op.95 for voices and orchestra
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Welcome ode Op.95 for voices and orchestra
Benjamin Britten
The Salley Gardens
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The Salley Gardens
Benjamin Britten
Courtly Dances: March & Coranto (Gloriana Suite, Op 53a)
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Courtly Dances: March & Coranto (Gloriana Suite, Op 53a)
Benjamin Britten
Billy Budd Act II
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Billy Budd Act II
Charles Dibdin
Tom Bowling
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Tom Bowling
Benjamin Britten
A Charm of lullabies, Op 41
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A Charm of lullabies, Op 41
Benjamin Britten
Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
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Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus Op 27
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Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus Op 27
Benjamin Britten
Little Sir William
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Little Sir William
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
Nocturnal after John Dowland Op 70 for guitar
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Nocturnal after John Dowland Op 70 for guitar
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Moonlight)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Moonlight)
Gustav Mahler
What the Wild Flowers Tell Me
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What the Wild Flowers Tell Me
Benjamin Britten
Of a Soldier and another Sailor
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Of a Soldier and another Sailor
Benjamin Britten
Of Bonney at Mourn
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Of Bonney at Mourn
Benjamin Britten
Sailor Boy
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Sailor Boy
Benjamin Britten
I will give my love an apple
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I will give my love an apple
Benjamin Britten
2nd Lute Song of the Earl of Essex
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2nd Lute Song of the Earl of Essex
Benjamin Britten
Songs from the Chinese
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Songs from the Chinese
Benjamin Britten
Eternal Father Strong To Save (Noye's Fludde)
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Eternal Father Strong To Save (Noye's Fludde)
Benjamin Britten
Sweet Polly Oliver [English] for voice and piano
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Sweet Polly Oliver [English] for voice and piano

Sweet Polly Oliver [English] for voice and piano

Performer
Paul Turner
Singer
Elizabeth Watts
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 (Dawn)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
Benjamin Britten
Choral Dances from 'Gloriana': Concord
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Choral Dances from 'Gloriana': Concord
Franz Schubert
Die Forelle, D.550
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Die Forelle, D.550
Benjamin Britten
Tiny's Song (Paul Bunyan)
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Tiny's Song (Paul Bunyan)
Benjamin Britten
Paul Bunyan, Op. 17: Act 1, Scene 1 - Lumberjacks' Chorus
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Paul Bunyan, Op. 17: Act 1, Scene 1 - Lumberjacks' Chorus
Benjamin Britten
Simple Symphony (Frolicsome Finale)
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Simple Symphony (Frolicsome Finale)
Benjamin Britten
Epilogue (Billy Budd)
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Epilogue (Billy Budd)
Benjamin Britten
Billy Budd Op.50 - Billy's aria - Look!
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Billy Budd Op.50 - Billy's aria - Look!
Benjamin Britten
Sonnet (Serenade)
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Sonnet (Serenade)
Benjamin Britten
Les Illuminations
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Les Illuminations
Benjamin Britten
Sentimental Saraband (Simple Symphony, Op.4)
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Sentimental Saraband (Simple Symphony, Op.4)
Benjamin Britten
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (Op.13) 2nd mvt, Waltz
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Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (Op.13) 2nd mvt, Waltz
Benjamin Britten
Oft in the stilly night
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Oft in the stilly night

Oft in the stilly night

Performer
Sebastian Wybrew
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Benjamin Britten
Owen Wingrave, Act II Now save your scornful looks
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Owen Wingrave, Act II Now save your scornful looks
Benjamin Britten
Owen Wingrave, Act I Your sherry, Mrs Coyle
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Owen Wingrave, Act I Your sherry, Mrs Coyle
Benjamin Britten
Owen Wingrave, Act I At last it's out
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Owen Wingrave, Act I At last it's out
Benjamin Britten
Owen Wingrave, Act II There was a boy
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Owen Wingrave, Act II There was a boy
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T04:15:26
8
Sep
1971

Proms 1971: Prom 45

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Proms 1967: Prom 05
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-26T04:15:26
26
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 05

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1967: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T04:15:26
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
1964-08-04T04:15:26
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
1963-09-12T04:15:26
12
Sep
1963

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

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