Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Better Know a Composer: Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten's centenary is Friday, and while WQXR gives you five ways to celebrate, reminds us that the composer spent time in Brooklyn and gives us a Britten cheat sheet.

In his home country, the Guardian has been streaming performances all week from Aldeburgh Music, the festival that Britten founded. 

If you like Wes Anderson, you probably know Britten. Moonrise Kingdom featured a lot of Britten's music, as Russell Platt of the New Yorker discussed, including the second movemenbt of Simple Symphony (start below around 3:20):