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Britten, Benjamin 1913-1976

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War requiem by Benjamin Britten( )

277 editions published between 1963 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 4,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public awareness of Benjamin Britten's person and works advanced dramatically -- even explosively -- twice during his lifetime. The first time was in 1945, when his opera Peter Grimes was produced for the postwar reopening of Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. The second time followed the premier at Coventry and the subsequent series of performances all across Europe and North America of the War Requiem. Except to those provincials who thought that milky pastoral was the only idiom appropriate for an Englishman and who also found the young Britten too clever by half, the triumph of Peter Grimes marked not just the confirmation of a prodigious talent; it represented a moment of hope that, for the first time since the death of Henry Purcell in 1695, England had produced a composer of international stature. The impact the War Requiem made 17 years later was wider and deeper by far. Britten, approaching 50, had become an artist whose every new utterance was awaited with the most lively interest and the highest expectations. The War Requiem, moreover, was tied to a pair of events that were heavily freighted with history and emotion: the destruction of Coventry Cathedral in an air raid during the night of November 14-15, 1940, and its reconsecration more than 21 years later. Its first performance was planned as an international event with respect both to participants and audience. Most importantly, the War Requiem was a weighty and poignant statement on the subject of piercingly urgent concern to much of humankind. In the War Requiem, Britten drew on forces larger and more complex than in any previous work of his. The basic division of the performers is into two groups, reflecting the dual source of the words; the libretto stands in a relation of text (the Latin Missa pro defunctis) and commentary (the nine Owen poems). The Latin text is essentially the province of the large mixed chorus, but from this there is spillover in two opposite directions: the solo soprano represents a heightening of the choral singing at its most emotional, while the boys' choir represents liturgy at its most distanced. The mixed chorus and solo soprano are accompanied by the full orchestra; the boys' choir, whose sound should be distant, is supported by an organ. All this constitutes one group. The other group consists of the tenor and baritone soloists, whose province is the series of Owen songs; they are accompanied by the chamber orchestra. - Program notes / Michael Steinberg
Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( )

298 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 4,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a small fishing community on the east coast of England, the story of conflict between an individual and a society that sees him as an outsider
The turn of the screw by Benjamin Britten( )

214 editions published between 1954 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 3,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Mar. 1981 in London
Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten( )

122 editions published between 1964 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Aug. 11-15, 1996, All Saint's Church, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Peter Grimes : an opera in three acts and a prologue derived from the poem of George Crabbe : op. 33 by Benjamin Britten( )

151 editions published between 1941 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A midsummer night's dream by Benjamin Britten( )

28 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of opera's most original Shakespeare adaptations comes to live in this broadcast with James Conlon conducting a youthful ensemble cast of rising stars, led by Iestyn Davies and Kathleen Kim as Oberon and Tytania, King and Queen of the fairies. The quartet of lovers is portrayed by Elizabeth DeShong (Hermia), Joseph Kaiser (Lysander), Erin Wall (Helena), and Michael Todd Simpson (Demetrius). Matthew Rose sings the donkey-headed Bottom and Riley Costello is the mischievous Puck
Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten( )

98 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A moving performance ..."--Gramophone
War requiem : op. 66 by Benjamin Britten( )

106 editions published between 1362 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young person's guide to the orchestra ; Simple symphony ; Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

69 editions published between 1954 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 1,492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

85 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Mann's celebrated tale of unrequited love and death is given a new perspective in Benjamin Britten's final opera, first performed just a year and a half before this Met broadcast. The composer's long-time companion, tenor Peter Pears, reprises his world-premiere portrayal of Gustav von Aschenbach, the elderly and solitary novelist at the center of the story, who tragically falls in love with the beautiful youth Tadzio (played by a dancer). Pears is joined by two other veterans of the opera's world premiere--John Shirley-Quirk, who plays the seven characters that propel Aschenbach to his destiny, and conductor Steuart Bedford
Violin concerto by Benjamin Britten( )

35 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A ceremony of carols by Benjamin Britten( )

160 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Ceremony of Carols for boys' choir and harp, op. 28. Text: various poets / A Boy was Born: Choral variations for chorus a cappella, op. 3. Text: var.poets / Rejoice in the Lamb: Cantata for soloists, chorus & organ, op. 30. Text: C. Smart
The wonderful world of music by Benjamin Britten( Book )

29 editions published between 1958 and 1979 in English and Serbian and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion of music, its terminology, history, theory, styles, appreciation, and means used to produce it
A ceremony of carols : op. 28 by Benjamin Britten( )

167 editions published between 1934 and 2005 in 7 languages and held by 1,217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A ceremony of carols ; Hymn to St. Cecilia ; Rejoice in the lamb ; Te deum ; Jubilate deo ; Missa brevis by Benjamin Britten( )

31 editions published between 1972 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War requiem : op. 66 by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

96 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The horrors of war and pacifist sentiments are expressed in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem
The young person's guide to the orchestra : variations and fugue on a theme of Purcell : op. 34 by Benjamin Britten( )

69 editions published between 1595 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The turn of the screw : op. 54, an opera in a prologue and two acts by Benjamin Britten( )

91 editions published between 1954 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Serenade : for tenor solo, horn, and strings, op. 31 by Benjamin Britten( )

90 editions published between 1939 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curlew River by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

74 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curlew River: A Church Parable in One Act, op. 71. Text: William Plomer
 
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B. Britten

Baron Britten of Aldeburgh

Bendžamin Britn

Bendžamins Britens angļu komponists, diriģents un pianists

Beniaminus Britten

Benjamin Britten

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Benjamin Britten Brits dirigent (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten brittiläinen säveltäjä ja pianisti

Benjamin Britten brytyjski kompozytor i pianista

Benjamin Britten compositeur, chef d'orchestre, altiste et pianiste britannique

Benjamin Britten compositor, director de orquesa y pianista británico

Benjamin Britten compositore, direttore d'orchestra e pianista britannico

Benjamin Britten en änglische Komponist

Benjamin Britten englischer Komponist

Benjamin Britten English composer, conductor, and pianist

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Britŭn, Bendzhamin 1913-1976

Buriten, Benjamin 1913-1976

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בנג'מין בריטן

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בריטן, בנג'מין 1913-1976

بنجامين بريتن

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벤저민 브리튼

브리튼, 벤자민 1913-1976

브리튼, 벤쟈민 1913-1976

브리튼, 에드워드 벤저민 1913-1976

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