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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.
Attending South Lodge school in Lowestoft as a day boy, Britten loved maths and cricket, liked football and behaved well – but his passion was for music. He composed ‘lots of it, reams and reams of it.’ Britten was outraged at the severe punishments frequently meted out on pupils. He later said his pacifism probably had its roots in his reaction to the school regime. Image courtesy of www.britten100.org.
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