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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 died on December 4, 1976 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. See full bio »

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Moonrise Kingdom
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Mr. Nobody
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 2017 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series) (writer: "Playful Pizzicato" - uncredited)
 2016 And That's It (Short) (writer: "The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, Op. 34: Themes A-F")
 2015 The Lobster (writer: "String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 25: Andante Sostenuto")
 2015 El club (writer: "First Suite for Cello, Op. 72")
 2014 La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur (writer: "Old Abram Brown")
 2013 The Answer to Everything (music: "Peter Grimes (excerpts)")
 2013/I The Machine (writer: "4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33A - II. Sunday Morning (Allegro Spiritoso)")
 2013 Bunheads (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Channing Tatum Is a Fine Actor (2013) ... (writer: "Cuckoo!")
 2012 Moonrise Kingdom (music: "A Midsummer's Night Dream, Op. 64: Act 2: On the Ground, Sleep Sound") / (writer: "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34: Themes A.-F.", "Playful Pizzicato, from Simple Symphony, Op. 4", "Noye's Fludde, op. 59 : Noye, Noye, Take Thou Thy Company, Op. 59", "Songs from Friday Afternoons, Op. 7 (Cuckoo!)", "Songs from Friday Afternoons, Op. 7 (Old Abram Brown)", "Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: The Spacious Firmament on High", "Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: Noye Take Thy Wife Anone", "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34: Fugue: Allegro Motto")
 2011 The Looking Glass ("The Turn Of The Screw")
 2011 Mon arbre (writer: "Friday Aternoon Opus 7 -Eeh - Oh!")
 2011 The Royal Wedding (TV Special) ("Courtly Dance V: Galliard from Gloriana (Symphonic Suite), Op. 53a no. 7")
 2011 Pina (Documentary) (performer: "O Let Me Weep, For Ever Weep")
 2010 Republic of Doyle (TV Series) (arranger - 1 episode)
- The Pen Is Mightier Than the Doyle (2010) ... (arranger: "I WILL GIVE MY LOVE AN APPLE" - uncredited)
 2009 Relocation! Expansion! (Documentary short) (writer: "Playful Pizzicato, from Simple Symphony, Op. 4")
 2009 Mr. Nobody (performer: "Sentimental Saraband Poco Lento e Pesante") / (writer: "Conto Primo (sostenuto e largemente)", "Sentimental Saraband Poco Lento e Pesante")
 2008 Spisok korabley (Documentary) (writer: "The Turn of the Screw")
 2006 Folk Britannia (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ballads and Blues (2006) ... (performer: "Foggy Dew")
 2004 William and Mary (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.2 (2004) ... (writer: "Corpus Christe" - uncredited)
 2002 No Night Is Too Long (TV Movie) (writer: "Missa Brevis")
 2002 Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Corpus Christi Carol")
 2002 Talk to Her (arranger: "O Let Me Weep, For Ever Weep")
 2002 Love Liza (writer: "Corpus Christi Carol")
 2001 Aleph, lectures contades (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Virginia Woolf (2001) ... (writer: "Les Illuminations", "Cello Suites, Op.87")
 1999 Jeff Buckley: Remembered (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Corpus Christi Carol")
 1999 Beau travail (music: "Billy Budd Opera")
 1997 Mimic (music: "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell)" - uncredited)
 1995 Noe beroligende (writer: "Suite for solo cello No. 3, Op. 87")
 1994 Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe: An Evening of Yes Music Plus (Video) (writer: "Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra")
 1992 Map of the Human Heart ("Noye's Fludde")
 1989 Too Beautiful for You (performer: "SONATE POUR ARPEGGIONE ET PIANO D 821")
 1989 War Requiem (performer: "War Requiem, Op. 66") / (writer: "War Requiem, Op. 66")
 1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives (arranger: "O Waly, Waly") / (performer: "O Waly, Waly") / (writer: "Hymn to the Virgin")
 1987 Coda (TV Movie) (performer: "Serenade Opus 31 for Tenor Solo, Horn and Strings") / (writer: "Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge", "Serenade Opus 31 for Tenor Solo, Horn and Strings")
 1987 Every Breath You Take (TV Movie) (music: "Sanctus and Benedictus" - uncredited)
 1986 Mauvais Sang (music: "Simple Symphony - Variation on a theme of Franck Bridge")
 1986 Singing the Blues in Red (music: "Cello Suite No. 2 in D Major, Op. 80")
 1985 The Angelic Conversation (music: "Sea Interludes")
 1983 A Christmas Story (writer: "A Ceremony of Carols" - uncredited)
 1982 Doktor Faustus (music: "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64") / (writer: "Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68")
 1978 Clouds of Glory (TV Mini-Series) (music - 1 episode)
- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1978) ... (music: "Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra", "Peter Grimes" (excerpts))
 1969 Civilisation (TV Series documentary) (writer: "Shine Out, Fair Sun", "The Driving Boy" - uncredited)
 1961 A Joyful Noise (TV Movie) (music: "Hodie")
 1952 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- The Play of the Nativity of the Child Jesus (1952) ... (music: "Hodie Christus Natus Est" (excerpt))
 1939 Men of the Alps (Documentary) (arranger: "Piano Pieces" - uncredited) / (music: "Machine Music" - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1984-1985 season) He was composed the musical, "Albert Herring," at the Long Wharf Theatre (Mainstage) in New Haven, Connecticut. He also wrote the book based on the short story by Guy De Maupassant. Eric Crozier was lyricist. Henry Boys wrote the vocal score. Arvin Brown was director. Michael Yeargan was set designer. David ... 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.


Co-founder of the Aldeburgh Festival. See more »

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