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The World's Greatest Music
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.
In 1942 Britten read The Borough, a collection of poems by George Crabbe. Set on the Suffolk coast, it awakened in him the longing to return to England. He also decided to write an opera based on Crabbe's poem about the fisherman Peter Grimes. Britten and Pears returned in April 1942. During the long transatlantic sea crossing, Britten completed the choral works A Ceremony of Carols and Hymn to St Cecilia. Photo by Hans Wild. Image courtesy of www.britten100.org.
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