Discovering Benjamin Britten

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

British composer Benjamin Britten was destined for a musical career. He was born on the day honoring St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, and Classics for Kids looks at Britten's early life and musical education that helped himĀ fulfill his destiny. He started out writing music for films before moving to American during World War II. OnceĀ back in England following the war, he went on to write many 20th-century masterpieces, which you'll hear this week.

Program Playlist (all works by Britten):

Hymn to St. Cecilia

Waltz No. 2

"Rejoice in the Lamb"

War Requiem: Sanctus

Ceremony of Carols: "Deo Gratias"

Sea Interludes: "Sunday Morning"

"Courtly Dances" from Gloriana

"Sweet Polly Oliver"

"The Miller of Dee"

Simple Symphony: "Playful Pizzicato"

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