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Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, OM (1913–1976) was a British composer, conductor, and pianist.

Britten was born on 22nd November 1913 in Lowestoft in Suffolk, the son of a dentist and a talented amateur musician. He began composing prolifically as a child, and in 1927 began private lessons with Frank Bridge. He also studied, less happily, at the Royal College of Music under John Ireland and with some input from Ralph Vaughan Williams. Although ultimately held back… read more

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  • The Takacs Quartet album is indeed wonderful, particularly the third (and best!) quartet. I love the pace they play at; it's much more fulfilling than the recording by the Britten Quartet, which feels a bit too slow when I listen to it now. I will never tire of the Passacaglia from that quartet.
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  • Well, I didn't liked Moonrise Kingdom, but this movie introduced me to his music. So thanks.
  • Just got the Takacs Quartet album of his string quartets and it's every bit as wonderful as expected.
  • Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №VII - http://classics.saltyknuckles.net/2013-52/
  • The Symphonic Suite from Gloriana is wonderful.
  • my favourite pedophile composer. the four sea interludes are hella tight
  • Just got the CD of Janine Jansen playing the violin concerto - perfect!
  • Here's a tour with a bit of Britten http://www.matthewbarley.com/wordpress/?page_id=962

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