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Britten

(Edward) Benjamin, Baron Britten. 1913--76, English composer, pianist, and conductor. His works include the operas Peter Grimes (1945) and Billy Budd (1951), the choral works Hymn to St Cecilia (1942) and A War Requiem (1962), and numerous orchestral pieces
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As the art historian Frances Spalding observes, Britten had not been in favour of the two-studio system in which Billy Budd was recorded, where, by necessity, there was a physical separation between the orchestra (conducted by Charles Mackerras) in one area and singers in another (Spalding 431).
Barry-born tenor Robert Tear, who worked closely with Britten, said of him: "There was a great, huge abyss in his soul.
Britten created his Four Sea Interludes out of the score for his opera Peter Grimes, but they work well in isolation and the Phil attacked them with panache and a visual, visceral sweep, especially the evocative hustle and bustle of Sunday Morning, and the wild squall and insistent syncopation of the final Storm, while there was a lovely glowing crescendo through the Moonlight section.
Award-winning Opera North is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with a series of his productions over the week.
As with the songs rejected from other song cycles, the Three Songs for Les Illuminations immediately take us into the distinctive sound world of the relevant cycle, in this case the settings of Rimbaud that Britten composed for Sophie Wyss in 1939.
Anne Britten, 43, a mother of two from Wee Waa, was born with her heart on the right side, a condition complicated by her other organs being out of place or facing about.
Britten then fled abroad and has not faced criminal charges.
He also describes what he feels Britten and Barber attempted to accomplish in each composition.
OFAM promotional material notes that during the first half of the 20th century, when many composers embraced free dissonance and 12-tone techniques, ``Barber and Britten continued to compose in a style more closely related to their Romantic forebears, forging distinctive, personal voices based mainly on past musical traditions and forms yet embracing and incorporating appropriate aspects of contemporary composition.
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A major festival in November will honour the work of British composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), featuring performances in several Ontario cities of work with religious themes.