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.
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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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