A Note from our program director, Peter Van de Graaff:
There are very few composers in history who excel at writing every genre of music: chamber, symphonic, opera, sacred, etc. One of those very few celebrates his 100th birthday in November; Benjamin Britten, born on November 22, the day of the patron saint of music: St. Cecelia. We celebrate Benjamin Britten all month long on WFMT, not only as one of England’s truly great composers (along with Purcell, Elgar and Vaughan Williams), but as one of history’s greatest.
—Peter Van de Graaff
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Stephen Raskauskas
Yup, that’s right, J.S. Bach wrote a chamber opera about coffee. And not just coffee, coffee addiction! Here’s some facts about Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” and how the piece came to be about.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 by Noel Morris
Thursday at 8:00 PM He was our feature for the month of November; and musicians around the world are concentrating on Benjamin Britten’s music in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. There’s a lot of music to choose from, though his output was especially rich for the tenor voice, reflecting Britten’s devotion more…
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Noel Morris
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. The two-hour program offers commentary by musicians for whom Britten’s music was written, and by those who perform his works today
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Noel Morris
[Benjamin Britten: this week on Exploring Music, weeknights on WFMT] As celebrations of Britten at 100 continue, Bill McGlaughlin takes a moment to reflect on his many years of presenting works by this English enigma
Monday, November 18, 2013 by Noel Morris
The student-teacher relationship between Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten is one of those touching, and inspirational tales. Frank Bridge didn’t have to smile on this curly-headed kid, but he sure did, and it proved to be be essential to the young composer’s development.
On Monday evening, Bill McGlaughlin’s 5-part exploration of the life and art of Benjamin Britten begins at 7:00 PM. Listen to Bill’s account
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Noel Morris
There’s something almost Dickensonian about the childhood of Benjamin Britten. He had his heroes and his nemeses. Born in a seaside town, it was the magic of an orchestral suite about the sea that really set eleven-year-old Britten on fire. The piece was barely older than he was, but its power to conjure a storm on the North Sea bowled the boy over
Friday, November 1, 2013 by Noel Morris
The curious case of Benjamin Britten produces endless articles and speculation. There are many who knew, and worked with him, but no one claims to understand him. Britten functioned in a very pragmatic world, writing for broadcasts, public events and for schoolchildren; at the same time he was sending works to the best opera companies, the best soloists