A Boy Was Born

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

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Nov 22, 1913 – The Birth of Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten was undoubtedly one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, with a diverse catalogue of works still garnering international recognition. Although firmly grounded in the English tradition, Britten’s music displays a glaring admiration for the work of composers from Mahler to Stravinsky and Berg. With a much wider compositional range than many of his contemporaries, Britten’s choral pieces find a natural place in the renaissance tradition of Purcell, Byrd, and Gibbons. At the same time, he draws inspiration from farther afield, channeling the intensity and drama of Verdi’s War Requiem and many of his operatic works. On November 22, 1913, the Feast of St. Cecilia, a boy was born whose music we continue to celebrate in the centenary year of his birth.

BRITTEN: A Hymn to the Virgin
BYRD: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
BYRD: Sing joyfully
GIBBONS: O Lord, in thy wrath
GIBBONS: O clap your hands together
PURCELL: A Volantary for ye duble organ -- organ solo
VERDI: Ave Maria
BRITTEN: Hymn to St Cecilia
BRITTEN: A Hymn of St Columba
BLOW: My God, my God, look upon me
BLOW: Salvator mundi
PURCELL: Remember not Lord, our offences
PURCELL: I was glad
BRITTEN: Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria - organ solo
VERDI: Pater noster
BRITTEN: Rejoice in the Lamb

April 06

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