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 Hymn to the virgin
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A Hymn to the virgin

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Seascape (from On This Island Op. 11)
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Seascape (from On This Island Op. 11)
Benjamin Britten
Suite Op.6: Waltz - Alla valse, vivace e rubato
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Suite Op.6: Waltz - Alla valse, vivace e rubato
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
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34 (Variations and fugue on a theme of Purcell)
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The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34 (Variations and fugue on a theme of Purcell)
Benjamin Britten
Simple Symphony
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Simple Symphony
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia, Op.27
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Hymn to St Cecilia, Op.27
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Our Hunting Fathers – Dance of Death
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Our Hunting Fathers – Dance of Death

Our Hunting Fathers – Dance of Death

Performer
Heather Harper (soprano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
Benjamin Britten
Nocturne for tenor, 7 instruments and string orchestra (Op.60)
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Nocturne for tenor, 7 instruments and string orchestra (Op.60)
Benjamin Britten
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
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Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Robert Schumann
Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70
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Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70
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Peter Grimes (Sea Interlude No 3)
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Peter Grimes (Sea Interlude No 3)
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Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus Op 27
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Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus Op 27
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Piano Concerto, Op 13
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Piano Concerto, Op 13
Benjamin Britten
Storm (Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op.33a)
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Storm (Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op.33a)
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op 20
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Sinfonia da Requiem, Op 20
Benjamin Britten
The Poet's Echo, Op.76
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The Poet's Echo, Op.76
Benjamin Britten
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op.22 Sonnet LV: Tu sa' ch'io so, signior mie, che tu sai
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Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op.22 Sonnet LV: Tu sa' ch'io so, signior mie, che tu sai
Benjamin Britten
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op.22 Sonnet XXX Veggio co' bei vostri occhi un dolce lume
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Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op.22 Sonnet XXX Veggio co' bei vostri occhi un dolce lume
Benjamin Britten
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op.22 Sonnet XX1 A che piu debb'io mai l'intesa voglia
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Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op.22 Sonnet XX1 A che piu debb'io mai l'intesa voglia
Benjamin Britten
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op.22 Sonnet XVI "Si come nella penna e nell'inchiostro"
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Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op.22 Sonnet XVI "Si come nella penna e nell'inchiostro"
Benjamin Britten
Hymn (Serenade, Op.31)
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Hymn (Serenade, Op.31)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Serenade in D major K.239 'Serenata Notturna'
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Serenade in D major K.239 'Serenata Notturna'
Benjamin Britten
Peter Grimes - Prologue Interlude I
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Peter Grimes - Prologue Interlude I
Benjamin Britten
A New Year Carol
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A New Year Carol

A New Year Carol

Conductor
Choir
Charles Wood Singers
Benjamin Britten
A New Year Carol (Friday Afternoons Op.7)
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A New Year Carol (Friday Afternoons Op.7)
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The National Anthem
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The National Anthem
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

Performer
David Hemmings (soprano), Peter Pears (tenor), English Opera Group Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (conductor)
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
Death In Venice Act II
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Death In Venice Act II
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
Simple Symphony (Boisterous Bourrée)
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Simple Symphony (Boisterous Bourrée)
Benjamin Britten
War Requiem: Lacrimosa (extract)
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War Requiem: Lacrimosa (extract)

War Requiem: Lacrimosa (extract)

Performer
Heather Harper (soprano), Philip Langridge (tenor), London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox (conductor)
Benjamin Britten
Lemady (Eight Folksongs)
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Lemady (Eight Folksongs)
Benjamin Britten
Concord from Gloriana
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Concord from Gloriana
Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols (Balulalow)
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A Ceremony of Carols (Balulalow)
Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols (Wolcum Yole!)
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A Ceremony of Carols (Wolcum Yole!)
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'
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Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'
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
Sinfonia da Requiem (2nd Movt)
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Sinfonia da Requiem (2nd Movt)
Trad.
O Waly, Waly
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O Waly, Waly
Benjamin Britten
In the Bleak Midwinter (A Boy was Born)
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In the Bleak Midwinter (A Boy was Born)
Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28
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A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28
Henry Purcell
Alleluia, Z. S14
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Alleluia, Z. S14
Henry Purcell
Job's Curse, Z. 191
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Job's Curse, Z. 191
Henry Purcell
A Morning Hymn, Z. 198
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A Morning Hymn, Z. 198
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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1971-09-08T14:42:48
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Sep
1971

Proms 1971: Prom 45

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Proms 1967: Prom 05
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1967-07-26T14:42:48
26
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 05

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Proms 1967: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T14:42:48
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
1964-08-04T14:42:48
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
1963-09-12T14:42:48
12
Sep
1963

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

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