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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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1O cruel, cruel case! Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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2Look! Through the port Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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3Embroidery Aria Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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4Now the Great Bear and Pleiades Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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5When my cue comes call me Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Bottom
6Give him this orchid Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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7Run, poor sweep boy! Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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8Go to sleep, my dolly dear Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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9Within this frail crucible of light Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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10I am your spaniel Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Helena
11Be kind and courteous Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Tytania
12O beauty, O handsomeness, goodness Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

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13Soon the coach will carry you away Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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14How beautiful it is Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Governess
15Virgins are like the fair flower Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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16Tis woman that seduces all mankind Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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17We committed his body to the deep Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

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18Come, now a roundel Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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19She is here in my own room Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Miss Jessel
20Inkslinger's Song Popularity:

Opera: Paul BunyanComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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21Tom the piper's son Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S trLanguage: English

Roles: Flora/Miles
22I am an old man Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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23Let her among you without fault Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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24She sleeps as a rose Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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25Churchyard's agog with a crowd of folk Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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26Jemmy Legs likes me Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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27Virtue, says holy writ Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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28Lost in my labyrinth Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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29It is a curious story Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 0

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English

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30I had to strike down that Jemmy Legs Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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