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Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)

Benjamin Britten was born on November 22, 1913 in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England as Edward Benjamin Britten. He is known for his work on Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Mr. Nobody (2009) and The Lobster (2015). He died on December 4, 1976 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. See full bio »

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Moonrise Kingdom
Moonrise Kingdom Soundtrack
Mr. Nobody
Mr. Nobody Soundtrack
The Lobster
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 2015 Benjamin Britten, the Complete String Quartets (TV Mini-Series) (stock music)
 2014 Britten's Peter Grimes (music by)
 2013 Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (TV Special) (music by)
 2013 New World Symphony Wallcast Tm Concert 8 (Video documentary) (stock music)
 2013 Noye's Fludde - Unogumbe (Short) (music by)
 2012 A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales (TV Movie documentary) (National Anthem arranged by)
 2011 New World Symphony Wallcast Concert Iii (Video documentary) (stock music)
 2010 Death in Venice (Video) (music by)
 2010 Bartleby le scribe (TV Movie) (music by)
 2009 The Hidden Heart: A Life of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears (Video documentary) (stock music)
 2008 The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- Britten: Peter Grimes (2008) ... (music by - as Britten)
 2005 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie) (music by)
 2004 Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten (TV Movie) (music by)
 2003 War Requiem in Peenemünde (TV Special documentary) (music by: "War Requiem")
 2001 Owen Wingrave (TV Movie) (music by)
 2000 Gloriana (TV Movie) (music by)
 1998 Billy Budd (TV Movie) (music by)
 1998 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- New York City Opera: Paul Bunyan (1998) ... (music by)
 1996 Grosse coupure (Short) (music)
 1996 Let's Make an Opera (music by)
 1995 Peter Grimes (TV Movie) (music by)
 1994 The Turn of the Screw (TV Movie) (music by)
 1993 Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (TV Special documentary) (music by)
 1991 The Turn of the Screw: Britten (TV Movie) (music by)
 1990 Death in Venice (TV Movie) (music by)
 1990 The Prince of the Pagodas (TV Movie) (music by)
 1988 Billy Budd (TV Movie) (music by)
 1987 The Rape of Lucretia (TV Movie) (music by)
 1985 Albert Herring (TV Movie) (music by)
 1985 Britten: War Requiem (TV Movie) (stock music)
 1984 Gloriana (TV Movie) (music by)
 1982 The Turn of the Screw (TV Movie) (music by)
 1982 A Ceremony of Carols (TV Movie) (music by)
 1982 Velikan-egoist (Short) (stock music)
 1981/II A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie) (music by: Opera in three acts)
 1981 Death in Venice (TV Movie) (music by)
 1981 Peter Grimes (TV Movie) (music by)
 1979 Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was... (TV Movie documentary) (music by: Selected works)
  NET Opera Theater (TV Series) (conductor - 2 episodes, 1969 - 1971) (music by - 1 episode, 1969)
- Owen Wingrave (1971) ... (conductor)
- Peter Grimes (1969) ... (conductor) / (music by)
  Music on 2 (TV Series) (conductor - 2 episodes, 1965 - 1970) (music arranger - 1 episode, 1965)
- Idomeneo (1970) ... (conductor)
- Dido and Aeneas (1965) ... (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1967 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
 1959 The Turn of the Screw (TV Movie) (music by)
 1950 For the Children (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- Let's Make an Opera! (1950) ... (music by)
 1938 The Ascent of F6 (TV Movie) (songs by)
 1937 The Tocher (Short) (music: Rossini's themes arranged by)
 1935 Night Mail (composer: theme music)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He was musical director for JB Priestley's play, "Johnson Over Jordan," at the New Theatre in London, England with Ralph Richardson, Edna Best, Victoria Hopper, and Albert Chevalier in the cast. Basil Dean was director. See more »

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5 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Baron Benjamin Britten of Aldeburgh | Lord Benjamin Britten of Aldeburgh | Britten

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Personal Quote:

In the case of a few composers, a very few, when I hear a work I do not like, I am convinced it is my own fault. [Giuseppe] Verdi is one of those composers.


A pacifist, Britten did not do military service in World War II but helped the wartime effort by presenting concerts. See more »

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