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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.
In 1930, Britten won a composition scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London. His examiners were John Ireland and Ralph Vaughan Williams along with the college's harmony and counterpoint teacher, S. P. Waddington. While in the city, Britten immersed himself in concerts, getting to know the music of Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Mahler.
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