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Benjamin Britten was the finest opera composer that England has ever produced. And his other masterpieces – including the War Requiem, concertos, and countless songs – reveal a composer of extraordinary skill and originality.
Edward Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk on 22 November 1913. He was the youngest of the four children of a dentist, Robert Britten, and his wife Edith Hockley who was a talented amateur musician. Here he is as a baby, pictured on his mother's knee and surrounded by his siblings. Image courtesy of www.britten100.org.
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