Happy Birthday Benjamin Britten!

Today is the 98th anniver­sary of the birth of famed Eng­lish com­pos­er Ben­jamin Brit­ten.

Brit­ten com­posed his first piece at the age of four­teen, and from that point for­ward his life and career were in music. Brit­ten was pro­lif­ic and he wrote many dif­fer­ent types of pieces, such as opera, solo vocal, cham­ber, orches­tral and film music. He was also a renowned pianist and con­duc­tor.

Today’s pro­gram on Radio Riel’s Main stream fea­tures many of Brit­ten’s works and works from oth­er 20th Cen­tu­ry com­posers with whom he was friends or by whom he was influ­enced through­out his life as a com­pos­er, includ­ing: Gus­tav Holst, Dmitri Shostakovich, Aaron Cop­land and Mstislav Ros­tropovich.

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

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