Benjamin Britten

Biography by Michael Rodman

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Unquestionably Britain's greatest 20th century composer, Britten excelled in virtually all genres, but is especially known for his vocal and choral music and operas.
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66 1961 01:18:45 Choral
Sea Interludes (4) from Peter Grimes, for orchestra, Op. 33a 1944 13:29 Orchestral
Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33 1945 02:24:10 Opera
Simple Symphony, for string orchestra, Op. 4 1934 16:53 Symphony
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell), for speaker ad lib & orchestra, Op. 34 1946 15:43 Orchestral
A Ceremony of Carols, for treble voices (or chorus) & harp, Op. 28 1942 19:06 Choral
Suite for solo cello No. 3, Op. 87 1971 22:50 Chamber Music
Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31 1943 21:36 Vocal Music
Billy Budd, opera, Op. 50 1951 02:40:17 Opera
Hymn to St. Cecilia, for chorus, Op. 27 1942 10:45 Choral
A Midsummer Night's Dream, opera, Op. 64 1960 02:29:01 Opera
Sinfonia da Requiem, for orchestra, Op. 20 1940 19:07 Symphony Orchestral
Suite for solo cello No. 2, Op. 80 1967 22:25 Chamber Music
Suite for solo cello No. 1, Op. 72 1964 25:17 Chamber Music
Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54 1954 01:45:53 Opera
Albert Herring, chamber opera, Op. 39 1947 02:18:33 Opera
Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 65 1961 20:24 Chamber Music
Les illuminations, song cycle for high voice & strings, Op. 18 1939 17:12 Vocal Music
Rejoice in the Lamb, festival cantata for trumpet, ATB soloists, chorus & organ, Op. 30 1943 17:13 Choral
Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22 1940 17:02 Vocal Music
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