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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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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1I know a bank where wild thyme blows Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: English

Roles: Oberon
2Ah! my dear you look so white Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
3I'm like a skiff on the ocean tossed Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
4Herring's teh name..clean as new mown Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Budd
5Be kind and courteous Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Tytania
6Lost in my labyrinth Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
7Glitter of waves and glitter of sunlight Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
8Dr Jessop's midwife musn't touch illegit Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Florence Pike
9Asleep, my love? Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
10I accept their verdict Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
11Now the Great Bear and Pleiades Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
12Ah! Blackguards! Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
13On lifetime one brain Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Florence Pike
14Nearly there Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.01

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Governess
15Jemmy Legs likes me Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
16You must be mrs Grose Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
17We committed his body to the deep Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
18Tickling a trout poaching a hare Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Sid
19Why did she stare. She belongs to Sid Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
20See how sweetly he plays Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Mrs. Grose
21She sleeps as a rose Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
22He's dead and gone poor Albert Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Herring
23Many nouns in is we find Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Flora/Miles/Governess
24Here the thirsty ev'ning has drunk the wine of light Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
25I'm hungry, I'm tired Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Sid
26Why did you call me Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint/Miss Jessel
27As your Highness commands Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
28If the heart of a man is depressed with cares Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
29Give me a decent murder with a corpse Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Budd
30She is here in my own room Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Miss Jessel
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