4. Express your wish to learn more about his musical heritage.
5. Ask if he has ever listened to his opera.
6. Thank him for interesting information
IV. Развитие навыков аудирования (текст “B.Britten”) с опорой на наглядность.
Компьютерная презентация “Famous British Musicians” (Microsoft PowerPoint) Слайды 4-11
Fill in the table:
(Edward) Benjamin Britten
Britten was born at the family home in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England on the 22
of November in
1913. His father was a dentist. He was the youngest of four children, with a brother Robert and
two sisters Barbara and Beth. He was educated locally, and studied, first, piano, and then, later,
viola, from private teachers.
He began to compose as early as 1919, and after about 1922, composed steadily until his death.
After two years at Gresham's School, he entered the Royal College of Music in London (1930)
where he studied composition with John Ireland and piano with Arthur Benjamin. During his
stay at the RCM he won several prizes for his compositions.
He completed a choral work; A Boy was Born, in 1933.
From about 1935 until the beginning of World War II, Britten did a great deal of composing for
the GPO Film Unit, for BBC Radio, and for small theater groups in London.
In the spring of 1939, Britten and Pears sailed for North America.
During the early 40s, Britten produced a number of works, outstanding among them the Hymn to
St. Cecilia, A Ceremony of Carols, Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Serenade. Peter Grimes was
completed in 1945 and had its premiere on June 7 of that year by the Sadler's Wells Opera
Company. Other operas appeared regularly in the ensuing years: The Rape of Lucretia (1946),
Albert Herring (1947), The Little Sweep (1949), Billy Budd (1951) Gloriana (1953), The Turn of
the Screw (1954), Noye's Fludde ((1957), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1960) Curlew River
(1964), The Burning Fiery Furnace (1966), The Prodigal Son (1968) Owen Wingrave (1970) [for
television], and finally Death in Venice (1973).
Amongst these works, the Britten catalog contains numerous other important compositions in
other forms. Notable among them are:
1. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
2. The Holy Sonnets of John Donne
3. The Beggar's Opera
4. Spring Symphony
5. Winter Words
6. War Requiem
There are numerous other works including chamber music, songs, folk song arrangements, and