Thursday, August 2, 2007
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting beauty of monotony.
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English composer. Britten won a triumph in 1945 with his opera Peter Grimes. Britten's later operas, include the Japanese inspired Church Parables and his operatic version of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice.
Britten's best known orchestral work is his Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, more generally known as The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. His major choral works include the War Requiem. [Adapted from Naxos]
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