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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.
Britten became a member of the GPO film unit's group of regular contributors, another of whom was the poet, W.H. Auden. Together they worked on the films, Coal Face and Night Mail. From 1935 to 1937 Britten wrote nearly 40 scores for theatre, cinema and radio. Auden and Britten also collaborated on the song cycle Our Hunting Fathers (1936) and subsequent other works including Cabaret Songs, On This Island, Paul Bunyan and Hymn to St. Cecilia. Image courtesy of www.britten100.org.
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