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Britten, Edward Benjamin, Baron (Edward)

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Born: 1913 AD
Died: 1976 AD, at 63 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Composers

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1913 - Britten was born in Lowestoft in Suffolk on the 22nd of November.

         - He also studied, less happily, at the Royal College of Music under John Ireland and with some input from Ralph Vaughan Williams.

1934 - His first compositions to attract wide attention were the Sinfonietta (Op.1) and a set of choral variations A Boy was Born, written for the BBC Singers.

1942 - Britten and Pears returned to England, Britten completing the choral works Hymn to Saint Cecilia (his last collaboration with Auden) and A Ceremony of Carols during the long sea voyage.

1945 - He had already begun work on his opera Peter Grimes based on the writings of Suffolk poet George Crabbe, and its premiere at Sadler's Wells was his greatest success so far.

1960 - Britten developed close friendships with Dmitri Shostakovich and Mstislav Rostropovich, composing his Cello Suites for the latter and conducting the first Western performance of the former's Fourteenth Symphony; Shostakovich dedicated the score to Britten and often spoke very highly of his music.

1963 - He wrote very little music for the instrument, and interview for the BBC said that he thought of it as "a background instrument".

1976 - He deid on the 4th of December.

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