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Benjamin Britten

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A Birthday Hansel, op.92 (4)
A Boy was Born, op.3 (13)
A Ceremony of Carols, op.28 (arr. Julius Harrison) (1)
A Ceremony of Carols, op.28 (46)
A Charm of Lullabies, op.41 (orch. C Matthews) (2)
A Charm of Lullabies, op.41 (8)
A Hymn of St Columba (14)
A Hymn to the Virgin (44)
AMDG 'Ad majorem Dei gloriam' (5)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, op.64 (4)
A New Year Carol (5)
A Poison Tree (2)
A Shepherd's Carol (5)
A Sweet Lullaby (1)
A Wealden Trio: Christmas Song of the Women (3)
A Wedding Anthem 'Amo ergo sum', op.46 (5)
A dirge (1)
Advance Democracy (5)
Albert Herring, op.39 (3)
Alla marcia (5)
Allegro, for solo piano (1)
Alpine Suite (1)
An American Overture (2)
An American in England (1)
Antiphon, op.56b (7)
A song of enchantment (1)
Autumn (1)
Ballad of Heroes, op.14 (2)
Beware! (3)
Billy Budd, op.50 (highlights) (3)
Billy Budd, op.50 (13)
Bird Scarer's Song (1)
Birthday Song for Erwin (1)
Bonny at morn (3)
Britain to America (1)
Burns Songs (4) (arr. Colin Matthews) (1)
Burns Songs (4) (2)
Ca' the yowes (2)
Cabaret Songs (4) (10)
» Johnny
Cabaret Songs (arr. Iain Farrington) (1)
Calypso (1)
Canadian Carnival, op.19 (1)
Cantata Academica, op.62 (2)
Cantata Misericordium, op.69 (2)
Cantciles I-V (1)
Canticle I: My beloved is mine, op.40 (9)
Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, op.51 (7)
Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain, op.55 (4)
Canticle IV: The Journey of the Magi, op.86 (4)
Canticle V: The Death of Saint Narcissus, op.89 (7)
Cello Sonata in C major, op.65 (27)
Cello Suite no.1, op.72 (19)
Cello Suite no.2, op.80 (20)
Cello Suite no.3, op.87 (arr. for viola) (1)
Cello Suite no.3, op.87 (trans. viola by Ellen Nisbeth) (1)
Cello Suite no.3, op.87 (21)
Chansons francaises (4) (6)
Character Pieces (3) (2)
Children's Crusade, op.82 (1)
Chorale after an old French carol (4)
Christ's Nativity: A Christmas Suite (3)
Coal Face (film score) (1)
Come ye not from Newcastle? (1)
Concerto Movement for Clarinet and orchestra (1)
Corpus Christi Carol (5)
Cradle Song 'Sleep, my darling, sleep' (1)
Cradle Song for Eleanor (1)
Dawlie's Devotion (2)
Death in Venice, op.88: Suite (arr. S Bedford) (1)
Deus in adjutorium (6)
Diaphenia (1)
Dink's Song (1)
Diversions for Piano (left hand) and Orchestra, op.21 (3)
Divertimenti (3) (12)
Divertimento, BB118 (1)
Double Concerto for Violin and Viola (3)
Down by the Salley Gardens (traditional) (arr. Matthew Barley for solo cello) (1)
Down by the Salley Gardens (traditional) (4)
Elegy, for solo viola (4)
Elegy for strings (2)
Etude, for solo viola (1)
Evening, Morning, Night from Ronald Duncan's 'This Way to the Tomb' (2)
Fancie (3)
Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury for three trumpets (2)
Festival Te Deum, op.32 (12)
Fish in the unruffled lakes (8)
Flower Songs (5), op.47 (12)
Folksong arrangements (3) for tenor and guitar (1)
Folksong arrangements (8) for high voice and harp (5)
Folksong arrangements Vol.1 (7) 'British Isles' (20)
Folksong arrangements Vol.2 'France' (9)
Folksong arrangements Vol.3 'British Isles' (16)
Folksong arrangements Vol.4 'Moore's Irish Melodies' (13)
Folksong arrangements Vol.5 'British Isles' (7)
Folksong arrangements Vol.6 'England' (5)
Folksongs (selection) (1)
Friday Afternoons, op.7 (7)
Gloriana, op.53: Choral Dances (6) (13)
Gloriana, op.53: Symphonic Suite (7)
Gloriana, op.53 (11)
Greensleeves: Folksong arrangment for voice and piano (arr. Matthew Barley for solo cello) (1)
Greensleeves: Folksong arrangment for voice and piano (6)
Harmonia Sacra (3)
Heigh ho! Heigh hi! (1)
Holderlin Fragments (6), op.61 (5)
Holiday Diary, op.5 (8)
How Sweet the Answer (2)
Hymn to St Cecilia, op.27 (25)
Hymn to St Peter, op.56a (8)
If it's ever Spring again (3)
Il est quelqu'un sur terre (2)
In Memoriam Dennis Brain (1)
Insect Pieces (2) (1)
Introduction and Allegro, for piano trio (2)
Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca, op.23 no.1 (2)
I wonder as I wander (8)
Johnson over Jordan: Suite (arr. P Hindmarsh) (2)
Jubilate Deo in C major (16)
Jubilate Deo in E flat major (5)
King Herod and the Cock (2)
Lachrymae, op.48 (arr. for viola and harp) (1)
Lachrymae, op.48 (version for viola and strings) (6)
Lachrymae, op.48 (17)
Lemady (1)
Les Illuminations, op.18 (24)
Lilian (1)
Lord! I married me a wife (1)
Love from a Stranger (1)
Lucy (1)
Lullabies (2) (1)
May (1)
Mazurka elegiaca, op.23 no.2 (2)
Men of Goodwill: Variations on a Christmas carol (1)
Metamorphoses after Ovid (6), op.49 (7)
» I Pan
Miniature Suite (2)
Missa Brevis, op.63 (12)
Movements (3) for a Clarinet Concerto (2)
Night Piece (Notturno) (4)
Night covers up the rigid land (2)
Nocturnal after John Dowland, op.70 (arr. Jakob Lindberg for lute) (1)
Nocturnal after John Dowland, op.70 (22)
Nocturne, op.60 (11)
Not even Summer yet (1)
Now sleeps the crimson petal (4)
Noye's Fludde, op.59 (1)
O Waly, Waly (traditional) (5)
O can ye sew cushions? (1)
Occasional Overture, op.38 (arr. Hindmarsh) (1)
Occasional Overture, op.38 (1)
Oliver Cromwell (arr. Matthew Barley for solo cello) (1)
On the Frontier: incidental music (1)
On the Frontier (1)
On this Island, op.11 (11)
Our Hunting Fathers, op.8 (5)
Owen Wingrave, op.85 (3)
Passacaglia (from Peter Grimes), op.33b (10)
Paul Bunyan, op.17 (2)
Peter Grimes, op.33 (23)
Phaedra, op.93 (3)
Phantasy Quartet, op.2 (3)
Phantasy in F minor (2)
Piano Concerto in D major, op.13 (7)
Pieces (2) for two pianos, op.23 (2)
Pieces (2) for violin and piano (1931) (1)
Portraits (2) (5)
Pray Goody (2)
Prelude and Fugue, op.29 (7)
Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria (3)
Prithee (1)
Psalm 150, op.67 (4)
Quartettino (3)
Reflection for viola and piano (3)
Rejoice in God, o ye Tongues (1)
Rejoice in the Lamb, op.30 (21)
Reveille: Concert Study for violin and piano (3)
Rhapsody for string quartet (3)
Roman Wall Blues (1)
Rondo Concertante (1)
Russian Funeral March (2)
Russian Funeral for brass and percussion (1)
Sacred and Profane, op.91 (12)
Saint Nicolas, op.42 (6)
Scottish Ballad, op.26 (2)
Sea Interludes (4), op.33a (arr. Anna Lapwood for organ) (1)
Sea Interludes (4), op.33a (30)
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, op.31 (15)
She's like the swallow (2)
Silver (1)
Simple Symphony, op.4 (25)
Sinfonia da Requiem, op.20 (20)
Sinfonietta, op.1 (9)
Soirees musicales (first suite after Rossini), op.9 (1)
Soldier, won't you marry me? (2)
Somnus, the humble god (1)
Sonata for cello and piano in C major, op.65 (1)
Sonatina romantica (2)
Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, op.74 (5)
Songs from the Chinese, op.58 (5)
Sonnets of Michelangelo (7), op.22 (15)
Spiritual Songs (5) (JS Bach) (1)
Spring Symphony, op.44 (10)
String Quartet in D major (3)
String Quartet in F major (4)
String Quartet no.1 in D major, op.25 (12)
String Quartet no.2 in C major, op.36 (14)
String Quartet no.3, op.94 (14)
Suite for harp in C major, op.83 (11)
Suite for violin and piano, op.6 (11)
Suite from King Arthur (arr. P Hindmarsh) (1)
Suite on English Folk Tunes, op.90 'A time there was...' (7)
Sweet was the Song (4)
Symphony for cello and orchestra, op.68 (13)
Te Deum in C major (8)
Tema Sacher (7)
Temporal Variations (arr. C Matthews) (1)
Temporal Variations (6)
The Ascent of F6: incidental music (1)
The Ash Grove (1)
The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (4)
The Birds (3)
The Bonny Earl o' Moray (1)
The Children and Sir Nameless (3)
The Crocodile (traditional) (4)
The Golden Vanity: A Vaudeville for boys and piano, op.78 (3)
The Gully (2)
The Heart of the Matter (4)
The Holly and the Ivy: Folksong arrangment (4)
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, op.35 (12)
The Last Rose of Summer (2)
The Little Sweep, op.45 (1)
The Long Night (1)
The Moon, for violin and piano (1)
The Oxen (2)
The Poet's Echo, op.76 (5)
The Prince of the Pagodas: Suite, op.57 (1)
The Rape of Lucretia, op.37 (highlights) (1)
The Rape of Lucretia, op.37 (9)
The Red Cockatoo (2)
The Sword in the Stone: Suite (compiled by Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews) (1)
The Sycamore Tree (4)
The Turn of the Screw, op.54 (highlights) (1)
The Turn of the Screw, op.54 (5)
The Twelve Apostles (1)
The World of the Spirit (1)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 (43)
» Fugue
» Theme
The deaf woman's courtship (3)
The joy of grief (1)
There's none to soothe (1)
The stream in the valley (3)
The trees they grow so high (3)
This Way to the Tomb (1)
» Night
Tit for Tat (7)
Tom Bowling (3)
Tradition (2)
Turn of the Screw, op.54 (1)
Two-Partsongs (2) (1)
Two-Part songs (3) (2)
Two Insect Pieces (1)
Um Mitternacht (6)
Unidentified folk song setting (1)
Untitled fragment (1930) for strings (1)
Valse in B major, for violin and piano (1)
Variations (12) for solo piano (4)
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, op.10 (28)
Variations on an Elizabethan Theme (2)
Venite exultemus Domino (3)
Vigil (1)
Violin Concerto in D minor, op.15 (21)
» I
Virtue in deeds, not words (1)
Waltzes (5) (2)
War Requiem, op.66 (24)
Welcome Ode, op.95 (2)
When you're feeling like expressing your affection (2)
Who are these Children?, op.84 (6)
Whoso dwelleth (1)
Wild with Passion (1)
Winter Words, op.52 (11)
Young Apollo, op.16 (3)

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM, CH (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945).

Born in Suffolk, the son of a dentist, Britten showed talent from an early age. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and privately with the composer Frank Bridge. Britten first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy Was Born in 1934. With the premiere of Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. Over the next 28 years, he wrote 14 more operas, establishing himself as one of the leading 20th-century composers in the genre. In addition to large-scale operas for Sadler's Wells and Covent Garden, he wrote "chamber operas" for small forces, suitable for performance in venues of modest size. Among the best known of these is The Turn of the Screw (1954). Recurring themes in the operas are the struggle of an outsider against a hostile society, and the corruption of innocence.

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