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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten (1913-76)

Composer

Edward Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft on 22nd November (the Feast-Day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music) 1913. He studied with John Ireland and Frank Bridge and began his career working for the GPO Film Unit. In 1939 Britten relocated to America, motivated in part by his pacifist beliefs; whilst in the US he composed Les Illuminations and the Sinfonia da Requiem, and eventually returned to England in 1942.

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Further Reading: Britten

 Recording of the Week, Previously unreleased cello recital by Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten

James enjoys a newly-released gem from Testament's archives, featuring Britten accompanying the legendary Rostropovich at the piano.

 Interview, Steven Osborne on Britten

Ahead of his Proms performance tonight, the pianist talks to Katherine about the Piano Concerto.

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