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Britten, Edward Benjamin, (1913-1976), Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, composer

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Surname: Britten
Forenames: Edward Benjamin
Gender: Male
Date: 1913-1976
Title: Baron Britten of Aldeburgh
  • Aldeburgh, Suffolk
  • Lowestoft, Suffolk
Biography: ODNB link for Britten, Edward Benjamin (1913-1976) Composer
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/P126187 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/P3551 )
Online related resources Bibliography of British and Irish History link for Edward Benjamin Britten
Number Description Held by Reference Further information
1950s-1980s: correspondence to Rita Thomson, friend and nurse to composer Benjamin Britten following his heart operation of 1973. Letters to her from Britten following his discharge report on his slow recovery and trouble writing and playing the piano. Sympathy letters on Britten's death thank Thomson for Britten's life during his last difficult years and for her devoted and skilled care of him.
Britten Pears Arts
See Annual Return 2019
1913-1986: music manuscripts, conducting scores, printed music, diaries, writings, draft librettos, corresp, photographs, personal and financial papers
Britten Pears Arts
See Foster & Sheppard British archives 1989; Annual Return 2016
Oxford University: Merton College Library
See Oxford Libraries Outside the Bodleian
1972-75: compositions
British Library, Music Collections
MSS: Young Person's Guide, Michael Angelo Sonnets and How Blest are Shepherds
Yale University Libraries: Beinecke Library
NRA 18661 Osborn coll
1973: MS of first Delphic hymn
University of Southampton Library
1940-50: letters to Boosey & Hawkes
Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections
1944-64: corresp with Lord Clark
Tate Gallery Archive
NRA 32463 Clark
1940-1976: letters to Walter Hussey
West Sussex Record Office
NRA 42362
c1963-1993: letters to Robert Saxton
British Library, Music Collections
See Annual Return 2010
letters to William McKie concerning 1953 coronation music
Westminster Abbey Library and Muniment Room
1945: autograph manuscript of ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’
British Library, Music Collections
c 1970-1986: letters to Dr Janet Tait
Britten Pears Arts
See Annual Return 2016
1971-1975: corresp with Charles Tait
Britten Pears Arts
See Annual Return 2018
1945: Britten's music manuscript for his realisation of Purcell's The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation
Britten Pears Arts
See Annual Return 2019
1960: music manuscript for Benjamin Britten's Fanfare for Oriana written as a 'theme tune' for the passenger liner Oriana serving the UK to Australia route and correspondence relating to the commissioning of the work by chairman of the Orient Line and patron of the arts, Sir Colin Anderson.
Britten Pears Arts
See Annual Return 2019
c1946: score for Britten's Rape of Lucretia (corrected early edition)
Britten Pears Arts
See Annual Return 2019
Related record creators
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Lutyens and Britten worked together
Rosamund Strode was Benjamin Britten's music assistant from 1964 until his death in 1976, and then keeper of manuscripts at the Britten-Pears Library in Aldeburgh until 1992.