from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Britten, (Edward) Benjamin 1913-1976. British composer known for his song cycles, such as Les Illuminations (1939), and operas, including Peter Grimes (1945) and Death in Venice (1973).
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- proper n. A botanical plant name author abbreviation for botanist James Britten (1846-1924).
- proper n. an English surname
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To break up; cut to pieces; cut up; carve.
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- n. major English composer of the 20th century; noted for his operas (1913-1976)
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His framework is Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by way of the Benjamin Britten opera, since in this made-up tale the patriarch of this fractured clan was a star singer.
Benjamin Britten (November 22, 1913 – December 4, 1976)
Britten is appropriately known in his professional circles as The Heartbreaker.
By contrast, in Britten's chamber opera, shaped into a libretto by Myfanwy Piper, these phantoms are clothed with words and raised to life through music.
Completing the programme is Haunted Passages, Philip Taylor's setting of Benjamin Britten's Lachrymae score, which was first danced by Phoenix in 1989.
But Benjamin Britten was a genius in the true meaning of the word.
In 1973 Benjamin Britten transformed Thomas Mann's tortured, homoerotic novella Death in Venice into an opera that offered nothing by way of harmony, and this remains the case for the COC's 2010 production of the young opera.
Benjamin Britten, who had already produced a perfect farewell with Death in Venice, followed it up with the violent immediacy of Phaedra.
It's worth pointing out, however, that Benjamin Britten, who was enthusiastic about both subjects, is widely regarded as one of England's greatest -- and most accessible -- twentieth century composers.
Fiona and Ellen played with untiring energy, tackling two lesser known pieces by Benjamin Britten and Dvorak, as well as a more familiar Schubert.
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