Benjamin Britten: A Discussion of his Vocal Music

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music, composition, choral music, musical history, Benjamin Britten, England


Composition | Music | Musicology | Music Pedagogy | Music Theory


The musical history of the British Isles is a rather bare one when one considers the immense output of the continental composers. Ralph Vaughn-Williams has, probably more than any other, allowed England to boast of one internationally-known contemporary composer. Certainly she can point with pride to the music of Purcell, the school of English virginalists of the Renaissance, such well-known choral composers as Byrd, Gibbons, Dunstable, composers such as Locke, Humfrey, Cooke and the operetta team of Gilbert and Sullivan. However, in competition with the outstanding composers of Germany, France, Italy, and Russia, England has actually contributed little in the field of music....that is, until Benjamin Britten.

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