Britten, Benjamin

Alternative names
Birth 1913-11-22
Death 1976-12-04
French, English, Italian, German, Latin

Biographical notes:

Composed 1938. First performance at a Promenade Concert, by the British Broadcasting Co. Symphony Orchestra, London, Aug. 18, 1938, in Queen's Hall, Sir Henry J. Wood conductor, composer at the piano.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Concerto no. 1 in D major for piano and orchestra / Benjamin Britten. [1928]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 43291276

Composed 1939. First performance by the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, New York, Mar. 28, 1940, John Barbirolli conductor, Antonio Brosa, soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Violin concerto no. 1, op. 15 / Benjamin Britten. 1939. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 43291282

Epithet: Baron Britten of Aldeburgh; composer

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000208.0x00036d

English composer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Aldeburgh, [n.d., ca. May 1971], to Spenser [i.e. Spencer Mason], [n.d., ca. 1971 May]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270673305

From the description of Typewritten letter signed, dated : Aldeburgh, 17 February 1971, to Joseph Chouinard, 1971, May 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270906605

British composer.

From the description of [Sketches for Billy Budd]. [1951?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270562081

From the description of Benjamin Britten autograph letter to Charles Brill, 1949 Apr. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 649707642

From the description of Benjamin Britten letter to the gentlemen of the Tribunal, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 649707648


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  • Songs (High voice) with chamber orchestra--Scores
  • Liturgical dramas--Scores
  • Suites (Piano)
  • Variations (Flute and violin), Arranged--Scores
  • Operas--Excerpts--Scores
  • Songs (High voice) with orchestra--Scores
  • Songs (Medium voice)
  • Incidental music--Scores
  • Oratorios--scores
  • Songs (High voice) with string orchestra--Vocal scores with piano
  • Solo cantatas, Secular
  • Songs (High voice) with orchestra--Vocal scores with piano
  • Incidental music--Excerpts--Scores
  • Opera
  • Choruses, Secular (Children's voices) with orchestra--Vocal scores with piano
  • Piano quintet with string orchestra--Scores and parts
  • Variations (Piano, 1 hand, with orchestra)--Scores
  • Orchestral music--Scores
  • Musical sketches
  • Song cycles
  • Operas--Juvenile--Scores
  • Ballets--Scores
  • Liturgical drama
  • Songs (high voice) with instrumental ensemble--Scores
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  • String quartets--Scores
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  • Suites (Orchestra)--Excerpts--Scores
  • Concertos (Violin)--Scores and parts
  • Songs (High voice) with orchestra--Excerpts--Scores
  • Canons, fugues, etc. (Flute and violin), Arranged--Scores
  • Operas--Juvenile--Excerpts--Scores
  • Songs (High voice) with string orchestra--Scores and parts
  • Symphonies (Chamber orchestra)--Scores
  • Songs (High voice) with harp
  • Suites (Violin, piano)--Scores and parts
  • Pianos (2) with orchestraxScores
  • Opera--Scores
  • Choruses, Secular (Children's voices) with orchestra--Scores and parts
  • Suites (Orchestra)--Scores
  • Concertos (Piano)--Scores
  • Incidental music--Excerpts
  • Instrumental ensembles--Scores
  • Canons, fugues, etc. (String orchestra)--Scores
  • Operas--Excerpts--Vocal scores with harp
  • Concertos (Piano)--Scores and parts
  • Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with chamber orchestra--Parts
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Operas--Excerpts
  • Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
  • Composers--Correspondence
  • Mysteries and miracle-plays, English
  • Vocal duets with accordion
  • Quartets (Oboe, violin, viola, violoncello)--Scores and parts
  • Symphonies--Scores
  • Concertos (Violin)--Scores
  • Suites (Viola, piano)--Scores and parts
  • Symphonies (Violoncello with orchestra)--Scores
  • Radio music
  • Song cycles--Excerpts


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