Today, November 22 of 2013, we are celebrating Benjamin Britten’s Centenary.
Not only in Great Britain but also in many countries around the world are celebrating Britten’s 100 years.
And I have to mention that today is also the feast day of st Cecilia, patron saint of musicians and church music, so, it was destiny that decided that November 22 would be the birthdate of Benjamin Britten, one of the greatest composers of Great Britain.
Many said that Benjamin Britten is the “fourth B”, after Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.
Britten was a composer, conductor and pianist. He was the most important figure of the 20th-century British classical music, with a big body of works including opera, orchestral, vocal music and chamber pieces.
His best-known works are the operas “Peter Grimes”, “Billy Budd” and “Death in Venice”, his “War Requiem” and the very famous orchestral showpiece “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”.