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Britten, Benjamin 1913-1976

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Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( )

319 editions published between 1945 and 2020 in 8 languages and held by 4,933 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
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( )

257 editions published between 1963 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 4,734 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
The turn of the screw by Benjamin Britten( )

209 editions published between 1954 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 3,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

142 editions published between 1964 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 2,229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded: Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh; April 1964
Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten( )

100 editions published between 1960 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herman Melville's gripping story of good and evil, set on an 18th-century British warship, inspired one of Britten's most brilliant operas. Richard Stillwell is Billy, the young sailor with a stammer and a pure heart whose goodness arouses the hatred of Claggart (James Morris). When Claggart falsely accuses Billy of attempting to incite mutiny, Billy strikes and accidentally kills him. Captain Vere (sung by Peter Pears, Britten's partner and creator of the role, in his last Met performance) has no choice but to have Billy hanged for murder, even though Claggart's changes are false. Peter Glossop is Mr. Redburn and Raymond Leppard conducts
A midsummer night's dream by Benjamin Britten( )

36 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,635 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
War requiem : op. 66 by Benjamin Britten( )

115 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

146 editions published between 1963 and 2019 in 7 languages and held by 1,505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War Requiem for soloists, two choirs and two orchestras, op. 66. Text: Missa pro Defunctis; Poems by Wilfred Owen
Peter Grimes : an opera in three acts and a prologue derived from the poem of George Crabbe : op. 33 by Benjamin Britten( )

112 editions published between 1945 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the character of a fisherman from George Crabbe's poem, The borough, the opera is set in an English coastal village around 1830. The fisherman, Peter Grimes, is questioned over the death of his apprentice, and the coroner forbids him from ever keeping one again. As Grimes is in desperate need of help to fish, Ned Keene, the apothecary, finds him a new apprentice from the workhouse-- but nobody will volunteer to fetch the boy. Eventually Ellen Orford, a schoolmistress, offers. Grimes finds himself ostracized from the village, and his friends try to convince him to leave. Through a tragic accident, Grimes' new apprentice falls down a cliff and is killed-- the villagers gossip that Grimes has murdered both apprentices. Meanwhile, a friend suggests to Grimes he should commit suicide by sinking his boat. The next day, the villagers begin a search for Grimes, but soon grow tired. The opera ends with the coastguard reporting a sinking ship, but it is too far out to be saved
A ceremony of carols by Benjamin Britten( )

186 editions published between 1950 and 2019 in 9 languages and held by 1,360 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
Violin concerto by Benjamin Britten( )

41 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

89 editions published between 1974 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,279 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
The wonderful world of music by Benjamin Britten( Book )

33 editions published between 1958 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 1,215 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( )

171 editions published between 1934 and 2005 in 7 languages and held by 1,209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voix: Choeur de Femmes (3 SSA) ; Accompagnement: Harpe ou Piano ; Langue: Latin, Anglais, Allemand ; Epoque: Contemporain
Serenade : for tenor solo, horn, and strings, op. 31 by Benjamin Britten( )

112 editions published between 1939 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

86 editions published between 1954 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curlew River by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

67 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curlew River: A Church Parable in One Act, op. 71. Text: William Plomer
The young person's guide to the orchestra : variations and fugue on a theme of Purcell : op. 34 by Benjamin Britten( )

76 editions published between 1595 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A midsummer night's dream : opera in three acts, op. 64 = Ein Sommernachtstraum by Benjamin Britten( )

82 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noye's fludde : the Chester miracle play, op. 59, set to music by Benjamin Britten( )

76 editions published between 1957 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
B. Britten

Baron Britten of Aldeburgh

Bendžamin Britn

Bendžamins Britens angļu komponists, diriģents un pianists

Beniaminus Britten

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten angol zeneszerző, karmester, zongorista

Benjamin Britten Brits dirigent (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten britský skladatel

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 británico

Benjamin Britten compositor, maestro e pianista britânico

Benjamin Britten compositore, direttore d'orchestra e pianista britannico

Benjamin Britten en änglische Komponist

Benjamin Britten engelsk tonsättare

Benjamin Britten englischer Komponist

Benjamin Britten English composer, conductor, and pianist (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten İngiliz piyanist, orkestra şefi ve besteci

Britenas B.

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Britten (1913-1976)

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Britten, B. E. 1913-1976

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Britten, Edward B. 1913-1976

Britten Edward Benjamin

Britten, Edward Benjamin 1913-1976

Britten, glazbenik

Brittenas B.

Brittens, B. (Bendžamins), 1913-1976

Britun B.

Britŭn, B. 1913-1976

Britun, B. 1913-1976 (Bendzhamin)

Britŭn, B. (Bendzhamin), 1913-1976

Britun Bendzhamin

Britŭn, Bendzhamin 1913-1976

Buriten, Benjamin 1913-1976

Edward Benjamin Britten

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Бенджамин Бриттен

Бенджамин Бритън

Бенджамін Бріттен

Бенжамин Бриттен

Бенџамин Бритен

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Бриттен Б.

Бриттен, Б 1913-1976

Бриттен, Б. (Бенджамин), 1913-1976

Бриттен барон 1913-1976

Бриттен Бенджамин

Бриттен, Бенджамин 1913-1976

Бриттен Бенджамин Эдвард

Бриттен Э. Б. 1913-1976

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בנג'מין בריטן

בנג'מין בריטן מלחין אנגלי

בריטן, בנג'מין 1913-1976

بنجامين بريتن

بنجامین بریتن

벤쟈민 브리튼 1913-1976

벤저민 브리튼

브리튼, B. E. 1913-1976

브리튼, 벤자민 1913-1976

브리튼, 벤자민 E. 1913-1976

브리튼, 벤자민 에드워드 1913-1976

브리튼, 벤쟈민 1913-1976

브리튼, 에드워드 벤저민 1913-1976


ブリテン, ベンジャミン

ブリトン, B.


ベンジャミン・ブリテン イギリスの作曲家、指揮者、ピアニスト


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