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
The building of the house - Overture, Op.79
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The building of the house - Overture, Op.79

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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
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
Benjamin Britten
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
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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
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Sunday Morning)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Sunday Morning)
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
Benjamin Britten
How beautiful it is (The Turn of the Screw)
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How beautiful it is (The Turn of the Screw)
Benjamin Britten
Les Illuminations
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Les Illuminations
Benjamin Britten
Piano Concerto, Op 13 (Toccata)
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Piano Concerto, Op 13 (Toccata)
Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia
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Hymn to St Cecilia
Dmitry Shostakovich
The City Sleeps (Seven Romances On Poems Of Alexandr Blok, Op 127)
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The City Sleeps (Seven Romances On Poems Of Alexandr Blok, Op 127)
Benjamin Britten
The Prodigal Son, Op 81
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The Prodigal Son, Op 81
Benjamin Britten
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op 34
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The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op 34
Benjamin Britten
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
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Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Benjamin Britten
Paul Bunyan - Prologue
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Paul Bunyan - Prologue
Benjamin Britten
Courtly Dances (Gloriana)
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Courtly Dances (Gloriana)
Benjamin Britten
String Quartet No 1 (3rd mvt)
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String Quartet No 1 (3rd mvt)
Benjamin Britten
Courtly Dances from Gloriana
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Courtly Dances from Gloriana
Benjamin Britten
Rejoice in the Lamb
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Rejoice in the Lamb
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Les Illuminations
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Les Illuminations
Henry Purcell
When night her purple veil had softly spread
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When night her purple veil had softly spread
Dmitry Shostakovich
Symphony no 14 (9th mvt, 'O Delvig, Delvig!') Op 135
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Symphony no 14 (9th mvt, 'O Delvig, Delvig!') Op 135
Benjamin Britten
Cello Sonata in C major, Op 65
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Cello Sonata in C major, Op 65
Benjamin Britten
Cello Symphony, Op 68
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Cello Symphony, Op 68
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Russian Funeral
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Russian Funeral
Benjamin Britten
Tit for Tat
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Tit for Tat
Benjamin Britten
Canticle 1 - My beloved is mine (Op.40)
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Canticle 1 - My beloved is mine (Op.40)
Benjamin Britten
The foggy, foggy dew
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The foggy, foggy dew
Benjamin Britten
Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia
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Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia
Benjamin Britten
The building of the house - Overture, Op.79
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The building of the house - Overture, Op.79
Benjamin Britten
Nocturne Op.60 For Tenor, 7 Instruments & String Orchestra
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Nocturne Op.60 For Tenor, 7 Instruments & String Orchestra
Franz Schubert
Divertissement sur des motifs originaux francais in E minor/B min D.823 for piano duet
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Divertissement sur des motifs originaux francais in E minor/B min D.823 for piano duet
George Frideric Handel
Ode to St Cecilia: The Soft Complaining Flute
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Ode to St Cecilia: The Soft Complaining Flute
Benjamin Britten
Simple Symphony (Boisterous Bourrée)
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Simple Symphony (Boisterous Bourrée)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T15:37:43
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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
1967-07-26T15:37:43
26
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 05

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Proms 1967: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T15:37:43
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
1964-08-04T15:37:43
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
1963-09-12T15:37:43
12
Sep
1963

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

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