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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 February 1935, Britten was invited to a job interview by the BBC's then director of music Adrian Boult and his assistant Edward Clark. They invited him to write the score for a documentary, The King's Stamp, for the GPO Film Unit. The film was commissioned as part of George V's Silver Jubilee and focused on the commissioning and production of the commemorative postage stamp.
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