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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten Photo © Angus McBean
1913 - 1976


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Benjamin Britten is the most widely performed British 20th century composer * Studied with Frank Bridge and at Royal College of Music * After the war founded a new English-language opera tradition, with works such as Peter Grimes, Billy Budd and The Turn of the Screw now established in the international repertoire * Craftsmanship and versatility produced works for every genre, from large-scale symphonic scores to songs and choral works * Recurring themes include conflicts between the outsider and society, innocence and experience, moral good and lurking evil, beauty and passion * Works written for leading soloists of day including Peter Pears, Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Mstislav Rostropovich and Julian Bream * Conducted classic accounts of his oeuvre on the Decca label

Works by Benjamin Britten include:
Les Illuminations (1939) for high voice and strings
Serenade (1943) for tenor, horn and strings
Peter Grimes (1945) Opera in three acts and a prologue
War Requiem (1961) for soloists, chorus, boys' choir, orchestra and chamber orchestra

Works by Britten up to 1963 are published by Boosey & Hawkes.
Works composed after 1963 are published by Faber Music.
Publications of music by Britten are available on sale from our online Music Shop.
"Music for me is clarification; I try to clarify, to refine, to sensitize... My technique is to tear all the waste away; to achieve perfect clarity of expression, that is my aim." —Benjamin Britten
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