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The Choral Music of Benamin Britten

Article: Explore the Choral Music of Benjamin Britten

by Paul Spicer

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was a unique force in British music. Of the fine composers among his contemporaries, none wrote such a wide variety of music across such a broad spectrum of genres and for such a range of ages and abilities.

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Benjamin Britten Biography

Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, on the east coast of England, on 22 November 1913. Although he was already composing vigorously as a child, he nonetheless felt the importance of some solid guidance and in 1928 turned to the composer Frank Bridge; two years later he went to the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Arthur Benjamin, Harold Samuel and John Ireland.

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Choral Publications

Published by Boosey & Hawkes and Chester Music
Distributed in North America, South America, Australia, and New Zealand by Hal Leonard

(Note: Faber Music Britten publications are available from Alfred in North America.)

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