elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Benjamin Britten (November 22, 1913 - December 4, 1976)

Sir Peter Pears was an English tenor who was knighted in 1978. In 1936, he met Benjamin Britten, while they were both helping to clear out the country cottage of a mutual friend who had died in an air crash. Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM, CH was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. Pears and Britten gave their first recital together in 1937 at Balliol College, Oxford University. Many of Britten's works contain a main tenor role written specifically for Pears. Britten with Pears and the librettist and producer Eric Crozier, founded the annual Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, and he was responsible for the creation of Snape Maltings concert hall in 1967. In his last year, he was the first composer to be given a life peerage. Pears is buried in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul's Church in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Benjamin Britten's grave is next to his, near the grave of Imogen Holst, a close friend.

Timeline & Places:

November 22, 1913: born at 21 Kirkley Cliff Rd, Lowestoft NR33 0DB, Regno Unito

1921: attended Old Buckenham Hall, Brettenham Park, Ipswich IP7 7PH, Regno Unito

1928: attended Greshams School, Cromer Rd, Holt NR25 6EA, Regno Unito

1930 to 1931: lived at 51 Prince's Square, London W2 4PX, Regno Unito

1930 to 1933: attended Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2BS, Regno Unito

1931 to 1933: lived at Burleigh House, 173 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5, Regno Unito

1935 to 1936: lived at 2 W Cottages, West End Ln, London NW6 1RJ, Regno Unito, sharing with W. H. Auden

1936 to 1937: lived at 559 Finchley Rd, London NW3 7BJ, Regno Unito, sharing with W. H. Auden

1937: lived at Old Mill, Snape, Saxmundham IP17 1SH, Regno Unito, sharing with Lennox Berkeley

1937 to 1938: lived at 38 Upper Park Rd, London NW3, Regno Unito, sharing with W. H. Auden

1938 to 1939: lived at 43 Nevern Square, Kensington, London SW5 9PF, Regno Unito, sharing with Peter Pears

1939: lived at 67 Hallam St, Marylebone, London W1W, Regno Unito, sharing with Peter Pears

1940: lived at February House, 7 Middagh St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Stati Uniti, sharing with Carson McCullers, W. H. Auden, Paul Bowles, Gypsy Rose Lee.

1942 to 1943: lived at 104A Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0DQ, Regno Unito

1943 to 1946: lived at 45A St John's Wood High St, London NW8 7NJ, Regno Unito, sharing with Peter Pears

1946 to 1949: lived at 3 Oxford Square, London W2 2PA, Regno Unito

1947 to 1957: lived at Crag House, 13 Crabbe St, Aldeburgh IP15 5BW, Regno Unito

1949 to 1953: lived at 22 Melbury Rd, Kensington, London W14 8LT, Regno Unito

1953 to 1958: lived at 5 Chester Gate, London NW1 4JH, Regno Unito, sharing with Peter Pears

1957 to 1976: lived at The Red House, Golf Ln, Aldeburgh IP15 5PZ, Regno Unito, sharing with Peter Pears

1958 to 1965: lived at 59 Marlborough Pl, London NW8 0PT, Regno Unito

1965 to 1970: lived at 99 Offord Rd, London N1 1PG, Regno Unito

1970 to 1976: lived at 8 Halliford St, London N1 3HE, Regno Unito

1972 to 1976: lived at Chapel House, Chapel Ln, Eye IP21 5ER, Regno Unito

December 4, 1976: death. Buried: St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Regno Unito. Buried alongside Peter Pears (June 22, 1910 – April 3, 1986). Memorial inside Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, Regno Unito


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