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Benjamin Britten, Hear the Documentary

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten
b. November 22, 1913
d. December 4, 1976

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten, WFMT commissioned a documentary on his life and music by one who played for the composer, producer Jon Tolansky.

“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting beauty of monotony.”

—Benjamin Britten

britten200-f9050e4e7aa66bd20c04915ba58d52028ad60b61-s6-c30Benjamin Britten: the Beauty of Loneliness and of Pain, a two-hour program, offers commentary by the musicians for whom Britten’s music was written, and by those who perform his works today.

Part One

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Part Two

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Tune into WFMT throughout the week for more works by Benjamin Britten.

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