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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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1Malo malo than a naughty boy Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: tr S TLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Governess/Peter Quint
2Oh miss a bright morning Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: tr S S SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora/Governess/Mrs. Grose
3Mrs Grose Will she be nice? Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
4Oh sing unto them a new song Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
5Lavender's blue diddle diddle Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
6Miles Miles ah Miles I'm here Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: T tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint/Miles/Miss Jessel
7Why did you call me Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint/Miss Jessel
8Asleep, my love? Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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9I accept their verdict Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

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10Now the Great Bear and Pleiades Popularity:

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11We committed his body to the deep Popularity:

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12Why did she stare. She belongs to Sid Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
13Here the thirsty ev'ning has drunk the wine of light Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

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14If the heart of a man is depressed with cares Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

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15Man may escape from rope and gun Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

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16Tis woman that seduces all mankind Popularity:

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17He's much too busy even to listen Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
18I am an old man Popularity:

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19Inkslinger's Song Popularity:

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20Tarquinius does not dare Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

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21I'm grateful to you all Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
22Second Lute Song 'Happy Were He' Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

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23O go, go! Go away Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct:

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24O cruel, cruel case! Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

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25God o' Mercy Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

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26Go there! Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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27It is a curious story Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 0

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English

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28Albert the Good Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
29I can't remember all Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
30As representing our local council Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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