Benjamin Britten

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Birthday
22, 1913
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Dec 4, 1976 (63)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
22, 1913
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Dec 4, 1976 (63)

About

Composer of opera, ballet, choral, and orchestral works. He was an influential artist within 20th-century British classical music.

Before Fame

He was mentored by composer Frank Bridge after the two met at a performance of Bridge's orchestral poem "The Sea." Bridge found his talents impressive and taught him to place high priority on the technical side of composing.

Trivia

His opera "Peter Grimes" debuted in June 1945 to great commercial and critical success, equaling, if not exceeding, "La bohème" and "Madama Butterfly's" financial and popular success.

Family Life

He was the youngest of four children born to Robert Victor Britten, a dentist, and Edith Rhoda Hockey, an amateur musician.

Associated With

He was forever changed after he and Yehudi Menuhin traveled to Germany to perform for concentration camp survivors, but he did not speak of his impressions or experiences until the end of his life.