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Benjamin Britten

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Country of Birth:

England

Year of Birth:

1913

Year of Death:

1976

About the composer Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH (22 November 1913 - 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist; and one of the central figures of 20th century British classical music. He showed talent from an early age, and first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy Was Born in 1934. With the premiere of his opera Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. For the next fifteen years he devoted much of his compositional attention to writing operas, establishing him as one of the leading 20th century figures in this genre. Britten's interests as a composer were wide-ranging; he produced important music in such varied genres as orchestral, choral, solo vocal (much of it written for his life partner, tenor Peter Pears), chamber and instrumental, as well as film music. He also took a great interest in writing music for children and amateur performers, and was an outstanding pianist and conductor.
Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, on 22 November 1913, the youngest of four children. His father, Robert, was a dentist, and his mother Edith, a talented amateur musician who gave Britten his first lessons in piano and notation. He showed musical gifts very early in life, making his first attempts at composition aged five, and thereafter composing prolifically as a child. He started piano lessons with a teacher from his pre-prep school when aged 7, and viola lessons with Audrey Alston when 10 years old.
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91Thus gamesters united in friendship Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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92Tis woman that seduces all mankind Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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93Virgins are like the fair flower Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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94I'm like a skiff on the ocean tossed Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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95When young at the bar (Ungrateful Macheath!) Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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96Embroidery Aria Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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97Glitter of waves and glitter of sunlight Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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98Let her among you without fault Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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99Go there! Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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100Now the Great Bear and Pleiades Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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101Run, poor sweep boy! Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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102Soon the coach will carry you away Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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103Ah! Blackguards! Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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104Inkslinger's Song Popularity:

Opera: Paul BunyanComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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