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
Sinfonia da Requiem - Dies Irae
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Sinfonia da Requiem - Dies Irae

Sinfonia da Requiem - Dies Irae

Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra

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Benjamin Britten
Cello Sonata; mvt 2 Scherzo-pizzicato
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Cello Sonata; mvt 2 Scherzo-pizzicato
Benjamin Britten
Peter Grimes - Sea Interludes - Moonlight
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Peter Grimes - Sea Interludes - Moonlight
Benjamin Britten
Rhapsody for string quartet
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Rhapsody for string quartet
Benjamin Britten
Night Mail (end sequence)
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Night Mail (end sequence)
Benjamin Britten
Sailing (Holiday Diary)
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Sailing (Holiday Diary)
Benjamin Britten
The Turn of the Screw (Tower Scene) 'How Beautiful it is'
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The Turn of the Screw (Tower Scene) 'How Beautiful it is'
Benjamin Britten
Si come nella penna (Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo)
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Si come nella penna (Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo)
Benjamin Britten
A New Year Carol (Friday Afternoons, Op.7)
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A New Year Carol (Friday Afternoons, Op.7)
Benjamin Britten
Friday Afternoons (Cuckoo!)
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Friday Afternoons (Cuckoo!)
Benjamin Britten
4 Sea interludes from Peter Grimes, Op.33a
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4 Sea interludes from Peter Grimes, Op.33a
Benjamin Britten
Concord from Gloriana
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Concord from Gloriana
Benjamin Britten
Sonnet (Serenade)
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Sonnet (Serenade)
Benjamin Britten
I Wonder as I Wander
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I Wonder as I Wander
Percy Grainger
Shallow Brown
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Shallow Brown
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da Requiem
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Sinfonia da Requiem
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The Lincolnshire Poacher
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The Lincolnshire Poacher
Benjamin Britten
Violin Concerto, Op.15
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Violin Concerto, Op.15
Benjamin Britten
Three Divertimenti - Waltz
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Three Divertimenti - Waltz
Benjamin Britten
5 Flower Songs
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5 Flower Songs
Benjamin Britten
March (Matinées musicales)
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March (Matinées musicales)
Benjamin Britten
String Quartet No 1 (3rd mvt)
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String Quartet No 1 (3rd mvt)
Traditional Irish, Benjamin Britten, Arleen Augér & Dalton Baldwin
Salley Gardens
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Salley Gardens

Salley Gardens

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Traditional Irish
Music Arranger
Benjamin Britten
Spring Symphony (London, to thee)
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Spring Symphony (London, to thee)
Benjamin Britten
Underneath the abject willow from 2 Ballads for voice and piano [1936]
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Underneath the abject willow from 2 Ballads for voice and piano [1936]
Benjamin Britten
What's in your mind?
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What's in your mind?
Benjamin Britten
To lie flat on the back for voice and piano
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To lie flat on the back for voice and piano
Benjamin Britten
Antiphon
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Antiphon

Antiphon

Choir
The Choir of St Michael's College, Tenbury
Director
Lucian Nethsingha
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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
Simple Symphony, op. 4 - Playful Pizzicato - Presto possibile pizzicato sempre
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Simple Symphony, op. 4 - Playful Pizzicato - Presto possibile pizzicato sempre
Benjamin Britten
Soirées musicales, Op 9
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Soirées musicales, Op 9
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Sunday Morning)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Sunday Morning)
Benjamin Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da Requiem - Dies Irae
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Sinfonia da Requiem - Dies Irae

Sinfonia da Requiem - Dies Irae

Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Franz Schubert
'Arpeggione' Sonata - movement 1
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'Arpeggione' Sonata - movement 1
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
Four Sea Interludes: The Storm
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Four Sea Interludes: The Storm
Benjamin Britten
Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra, Op 31
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Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra, Op 31
Benjamin Britten
Young Apollo, Op 16
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Young Apollo, Op 16
Benjamin Britten
6 Metamorphoses after Ovid
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6 Metamorphoses after Ovid
Benjamin Britten
Courtly Dances (Gloriana)
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Courtly Dances (Gloriana)
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
Cello Sonata in C Major, Op.65
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Cello Sonata in C Major, Op.65
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes - Storm
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Four Sea Interludes - Storm
Benjamin Britten
Sacred and Profane
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Sacred and Profane
Benjamin Britten
Orpheus Britannicus ('Tis holiday)
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Orpheus Britannicus ('Tis holiday)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T07:59:42
8
Sep
1971

Proms 1971: Prom 45

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1967: Prom 05
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-26T07:59:42
26
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 05

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1967: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T07:59:42
24
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 03

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1964: Prom 09 - Fiftieth Anniversary of the First World War
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Royal Albert Hall
1964-08-04T07:59:42
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
1963-09-12T07:59:42
12
Sep
1963

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

Royal Albert Hall

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