Friday, 22 November 2013

Benjamin Britten: 100

'When Britten died in 1976, at 63, Mr. Carpenter reports, Queen Elizabeth II sent a private letter of sympathy to Pears, "as a representative of all who had worked with Lord Britten..."'

Best wishes on your birthday, Benjamin.

Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten by Kenneth Green (1943, National Portrait Gallery).

Benjamin Britten at 100: Voice of the Century, The Guardian leader. 
How Britten Proved The Sneerers Wrong, Daily Telegraph.
Britten 100 on the BBC Radio 3 website. 
At last, we have fallen for our great Britten - The composer’s pacifism seems an irrelevant curiosity now, his homosexuality of even less concern. Telegraph.
Utter nonsense! That's what made him him.

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