Benjamin Britten

Real Name:
Edward Benjamin Britten
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British composer, conductor, and pianist.
Born: November 22, 1913, in Lowestoft, UK - died: December 04, 1976, in Aldeburgh, UK.
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 the 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 a fine pianist and conductor.

One of Britten's most important works, The War Requiem was completed 20 December 1961, and first performed 30 May 1962. Britten received many prizes and honors, including becoming a Companion of Honour in 1952, and a member of the Order of Merit in 1965.
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17 The Music Of Bali — Benjamin Britten Colin McPhee, Benjamin Britten, Georges Barrère Colin McPhee, Benjamin Britten, Georges Barrère - The Music Of Bali(3xShellac, Set) Schirmer Record 17 US 1941 Sell This Version
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EDA 86 A Ceremony Of Carols — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten, Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók, Morriston Boys Choir*, Ivor Sims*, Maria Korchinska Benjamin Britten, Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók, Morriston Boys Choir*, Ivor Sims*, Maria Korchinska - A Ceremony Of Carols(3xShellac, 12", Album) Decca EDA 86 UK 1944 Sell This Version
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MM 703, MM-703 The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten : Sir Malcolm Sargent Conducting The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra* Benjamin Britten : Sir Malcolm Sargent Conducting The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra* - The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra (Album) Columbia Masterworks, Columbia Masterworks MM 703, MM-703 US 1947 Sell This Version
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Set mx-303 Four Sea Interludes From The Opera Benjamin Britten, London Symphony Orchestra*, Sir Malcolm Sargent Benjamin Britten, London Symphony Orchestra*, Sir Malcolm Sargent - Four Sea Interludes From The Opera "Peter Grimes" (Album) Columbia, Columbia Set mx-303 US 1947 Sell This Version
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C.3699, C.3700, C.3701, C.3702, C.3703, C.3704, C.3705, C.3706 The Rape Of Lucretia (Abridged) — Benjamin Britten Britten*, Peter Pears, Joan Cross, Nancy Evans (3), Reginald Goodall Britten*, Peter Pears, Joan Cross, Nancy Evans (3), Reginald Goodall - The Rape Of Lucretia (Abridged)(8xShellac, 12", Album, Mono) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice C.3699, C.3700, C.3701, C.3702, C.3703, C.3704, C.3705, C.3706 UK 1948 Sell This Version
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LA 30 English And French Folk Ballads — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears - English And French Folk Ballads(Shellac, 10", Album, Mono) London Records LA 30 US 1948 Sell This Version
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DM 1324 A Ceremony of Carols — Benjamin Britten Robert Shaw, Benjamin Britten Robert Shaw, Benjamin Britten - A Ceremony of Carols(3xShellac, 10", Album) RCA Victor DM 1324 US 1949 Sell This Version
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LM 1088, LM—1088 Mass In G Major / A Ceremony of Carols — Benjamin Britten Poulenc* / Britten* - Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Robert Shaw Poulenc* / Britten* - Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Robert Shaw - Mass In G Major / A Ceremony of Carols RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1088, LM—1088 US 1950 Sell This Version
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LM-1093, LM(x)1093, LM (x)-1093 Rossini-Britten  Matinees Musicales  Anderson-Irish Suite — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten, Leroy Anderson, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler Benjamin Britten, Leroy Anderson, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler - Rossini-Britten Matinees Musicales Anderson-Irish Suite RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1093, LM(x)1093, LM (x)-1093 US 1950 Sell This Version
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ML 2145 The Rio Grande / Four Sea Interludes — Benjamin Britten Sacheverell Sitwell, Constant Lambert / Benjamin Britten, Sir Malcolm Sargent Sacheverell Sitwell, Constant Lambert / Benjamin Britten, Sir Malcolm Sargent - The Rio Grande / Four Sea Interludes(10", Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 2145 US 1950 Sell This Version
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ES-504 String Quartet No. 1 & A Fantasy For Oboes And Strings — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten - Harold Gomberg, The Galimir Quartet Benjamin Britten - Harold Gomberg, The Galimir Quartet - String Quartet No. 1 & A Fantasy For Oboes And Strings (Album) Esoteric (2) ES-504 US 1951 Sell This Version
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WCFM-LP-4 Rejoice In The Lamb / Missa Brevis In Tempore Belli — Benjamin Britten Britten*, Kodaly*, The Chancel Choir Of The National Presbyterian Church Britten*, Kodaly*, The Chancel Choir Of The National Presbyterian Church - Rejoice In The Lamb / Missa Brevis In Tempore Belli(LP) WCFM Recording Corp. WCFM-LP-4 US 1951 Sell This Version
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WCFM-LP-11 Ceremony Of Carols, Te Deum In C Major, Hymn To St. Cecilia — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten, Paul Callaway Benjamin Britten, Paul Callaway - Ceremony Of Carols, Te Deum In C Major, Hymn To St. Cecilia(LP, Album, Mono) WCFM Recording Corp. WCFM-LP-11 US 1951 Sell This Version
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E117 Soirées Musicales / Matinées Musicales — Benjamin Britten Rossini* - Britten* ; Royal Opera Orchestra, Covent Garden, London*, Warwick Braithwaite Rossini* - Britten* ; Royal Opera Orchestra, Covent Garden, London*, Warwick Braithwaite - Soirées Musicales / Matinées Musicales (Album) MGM Records E117 US 1952 Sell This Version
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LW 5070, LW.5070 A Ceremony Of Carols — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten A Ceremony Of Carols (Album) Decca, Decca LW 5070, LW.5070 UK 1952 Sell This Version
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F-8 Variations On A Theme By Frank Bridge, Op. 10 / Concerto Accademico — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten / Ralph Vaughan-Williams* - Lausanne Chamber Orchestra*, Victor Desarzens / Louis Kaufman, Radio Zurich Symphony Orchestra*, Clemens Dahinden Benjamin Britten / Ralph Vaughan-Williams* - Lausanne Chamber Orchestra*, Victor Desarzens / Louis Kaufman, Radio Zurich Symphony Orchestra*, Clemens Dahinden - Variations On A Theme By Frank Bridge, Op. 10 / Concerto Accademico(LP, Mono, Ltd, Num, Tra) Concert Hall F-8 US 1952 Sell This Version
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LP-15 Songs of Britten and Hindemith — Benjamin Britten Barbara Troxell, Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith Barbara Troxell, Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith - Songs of Britten and Hindemith(LP, Mono) WCFM Recording Corp. LP-15 US 1953 Sell This Version
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LXT 2798 Aldeburgh Festival, 1953 — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Peter Pears, Arda Mandikian, Imogen Holst Benjamin Britten, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Peter Pears, Arda Mandikian, Imogen Holst - Aldeburgh Festival, 1953 (Album) London Records, London Records LXT 2798 UK 1953 Sell This Version
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LL 801, LL.801 Britten: Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge Warlock: Capriol Suite — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten / Peter Warlock / Boyd Neel Conducting The Boyd Neel String Orchestra Benjamin Britten / Peter Warlock / Boyd Neel Conducting The Boyd Neel String Orchestra - Britten: Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge Warlock: Capriol Suite (Album) Decca LL 801, LL.801 US 1953 Sell This Version
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LW 5163, LW.5163 A Simple Symphony — Benjamin Britten Britten* A Simple Symphony London Records LW 5163, LW.5163 UK 1954 Sell This Version
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LXT 2886, LXT.2886 Four Sea Interludes And Passacaglia From Britten* - Eduard van Beinum Conducting The Concertgebouw Orchestra* Britten* - Eduard van Beinum Conducting The Concertgebouw Orchestra* - Four Sea Interludes And Passacaglia From "Peter Grimes" / Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra (Album) Decca, Decca LXT 2886, LXT.2886 UK 1954 Sell This Version
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LL-1123, LL 1123, LL.1123 Britten: Sinfonia Da Requiem Opus 20 / Diversions For Piano (Left Hand) And Orchestra, Opus 21 — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten - The Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra* / Julius Katchen, The London Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Britten - The Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra* / Julius Katchen, The London Symphony Orchestra - Britten: Sinfonia Da Requiem Opus 20 / Diversions For Piano (Left Hand) And Orchestra, Opus 21 Decca LL-1123, LL 1123, LL.1123 US 1954 Sell This Version
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3 CBX 68, XAX 450 Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge / Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis — Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams*, Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams*, Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra - Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge / Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis (Album) Columbia, Columbia 3 CBX 68, XAX 450 Brazil 1953 Sell This Version
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H-4 Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op.35 / A Simple Symphony, Op.4 / Six Metamorphoses After Ovid, Op.49 — Benjamin Britten Dmitri Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten - Noel Mewton-Wood*, Harry Sevenstern, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Otto Ackermann / Egon Parolari / Lausanne Chamber Orchestra*, Victor Desarzens Dmitri Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten - Noel Mewton-Wood*, Harry Sevenstern, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Otto Ackermann / Egon Parolari / Lausanne Chamber Orchestra*, Victor Desarzens - Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op.35 / A Simple Symphony, Op.4 / Six Metamorphoses After Ovid, Op.49(LP, Mono, Ltd, Num, Red) Concert Hall H-4 US 1954 Sell This Version
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URLP-7136 Alassio, Op. 50, Froissart, Op. 19 / Soirées Musicales — Benjamin Britten Elgar* - Symphony Orchestra Of Radio Leipzig*, Gerhard Pflüger / Britten* - Symphony Orchestra Of Radio Berlin*, Rolf Kleinert Elgar* - Symphony Orchestra Of Radio Leipzig*, Gerhard Pflüger / Britten* - Symphony Orchestra Of Radio Berlin*, Rolf Kleinert - Alassio, Op. 50, Froissart, Op. 19 / Soirées Musicales(LP, Album) Urania Records (3) URLP-7136 US 1954 Sell This Version