Benjamin Britten (1913–76) was an English composer, conductor and
pianist, and a central figure in 20th-century British classical music.
His wide compositional range includes opera, orchestral, choral, solo
vocal, chamber, instrumental and film music. He showed talent from an
early age, and first came to public attention with the choral work A Boy
Was Born in 1934. His best-known works include the operas Peter Grimes
(1945) and Billy Budd (1951), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral
showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945). Recurring
themes in his operas are the struggle of an outsider against a hostile
society, and the corruption of innocence. He wrote copiously for
children and amateur performers, including the opera Noye's Fludde, a
Missa Brevis, and the song collection Friday Afternoons. Britten often
composed with particular performers in mind, most importantly his
personal and professional partner, the tenor Peter Pears, with whom he
co-founded the annual Aldeburgh Festival in 1948; the pair were
responsible for the creation of its Snape Maltings concert hall in 1967.
In 1976 Britten became the first composer to be awarded a life peerage.
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (anatomy) In the cerebrum, the short crossbar or stem that connects the
two pairs of branches of an H-shaped fissure.
2. (music) An affinity or connection in a piece of music between tones,
chords, or phrases, such that one part appears to repeat, to imitate, or
to derive from the other, especially when perceived as an organising
force in the music.
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