Benjamin Britten Complete works

Vocal music
Instrumental music
Incidental music

Work for choir (32)

Song, lied (25)

Opera (16)

Work for soloist (11)

Work for chamber orchestra (18)

Work for orchestra (13)

Work for orchestra with soloist (7)

Ballet (2)

Film score (1)

Creative activity

Creative activity

based on dated works only

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Duration of the works

(average or estimed)

 Number of works

1925

52 years

1976

 

Number of works

 

Duration of the works (average or estimed)

Dated works

1976

age 63
Work for soloist

Tema "Sacher"


Work composed for cello

Work for choir

Sea Symphony


Work composed for soloist, chorus and orchestra

Work for choir

Praise we great men


Work composed for soloist, chorus and orchestra

Work for choir

Welcome Ode, Op. 95


Work composed for children's chorus and orchestra

Work for chamber orchestra

Lachrymae (2), Op. 48a


Work composed for viola and String orchestra

1975

age 62
Work for chamber orchestra

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94


Work in G, composed for string quartet

Work for choir

Phaedra, Op. 93


texts by Robert Lowell (Jean Racine)

Cantata, composed for mezzo-soprano, cello, harpsichord, percussions and string orchestra

Work for choir

Sacred and Profane (8 medieval lyrics), Op. 91


Work composed for voice

Song, lied

A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92


texts by Robert Burns

Work composed for voice and harp

1974

age 61
Work for chamber orchestra

Suite from “A Time There Was”, Op. 90


Work composed for chamber orchestra

Song, lied

The Death of Narcissus (Canticle V), Op. 89


texts by T. S. Eliot

Work composed for tenor and harp

1973

age 60

1972

age 59
Work for soloist

Suite No. 3 for cello, Op. 87


1971

age 58
Song, lied

The Journey of the Magi (Canticle IV), Op. 86


texts by T. S. Eliot

Work composed for tenor, horn and strings

Opera

Death in Venice, Op. 88


texts by Myfanwy Piper

Premiere on 1973-06-16

1970

age 57
Opera

Owen Wingrave, Op. 85


texts by Myfanwy Piper (Henry James)

Premiere on 1971-05-16

1969

age 56
Song, lied

Who are these Children?, Op. 84


texts by William Soutar

Work composed for tenor and piano

Work for soloist

Suite for harp, Op. 83


1968

age 55
Work for choir

Children's Crusade, Op. 82


texts by Bertold Brecht, Hans Keller

Ballad, composed for children's chorus, percussions, piano and organ

Opera

The Prodigal Son, Op. 81


texts by William Plomer

Premiere in 1968

1967

age 54
Work for soloist

Suite No. 2 for cello, Op. 80


Work for choir

The Building of the House, Op. 79


Work composed for chorus, organ, brass and orchestra

1966

age 53
Work for choir

The Golden Vanity, Op. 78


texts by Colin Graham

Work composed for soloist, chorus and piano

Opera

The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op. 77


texts by William Plomer

Premiere on 1966-06-09

1965

age 52
Song, lied

Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Op. 74


Work composed for baritone and piano

Song, lied

The Poet's Echo, Op. 76


texts by Alexander Pushkin

Work composed for soprano, tenor and piano

Published in 1967

Work for choir

Voices for Today, Op. 75


Work composed for children's chorus, chorus and organ

Work for chamber orchestra

Gemini Variations, Op. 73


Work composed for flute, violin and piano 4 hands

1964

age 51
Work for soloist

Suite No. 1 for cello, Op. 72


Opera

Curlew River, Op. 71


texts by William Plomer (Noh)

Premiere in 1964

1963

age 50
Work for orchestra with soloist

Cello Symphony, Op. 68


Work composed for cello and orchestra

Work for soloist

Nocturnal on a theme by John Dowland, Op. 70


Work composed for guitar

Published in 1964

Work for choir

Cantata misericordium, Op. 69


Work for soloist

Night-Piece (Notturno)


Nocturne, composed for piano

1962

age 49
Work for choir

A Hymn of St Columba


Work composed for chorus and organ

Work for choir

Psalm CL (150), Op. 67


Work composed for children's chorus and instrument

1961

age 48
Work for choir

War Requiem, Op. 66


Published in 1962

Premiere on 1962-05-30

1960

age 47
Work for chamber orchestra

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 65


Work composed for cello and piano

Published in 1961

Work for choir

Jubilate Deo in C


Work in C, composed for chorus and organ

Opera

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64


texts by Benjamin Britten

Premiere on 1960-06-11

1959

age 46
Work for choir

Cantata academica, Op. 62


Work for choir

Missa brevis, Op. 63


Mass, in D, composed for children's chorus and organ

Work for chamber orchestra

Fanfare for St Edmundsbury


Work composed for trumpet

1958

age 45
Song, lied

Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente, Op. 61


Work composed for tenor and piano

Song, lied

Nocturne, Op. 60


Work composed for tenor, instrument and string orchestra

1957

age 44
Song, lied

Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58


Work composed for soprano, tenor and guitar

Opera

Noye's Fludde, Op. 59


Premiere on 1958-06-18

1956

age 43
Song, lied

The Heart of the Matter


Work composed for narrator, tenor, horn and piano

Ballet

The Prince of the Pagodas, Opp. 57


1. Pas de six (The Prince of the Pagodas), Op. 57a No. 1

1955

age 42
Work for choir

Antiphon, Op. 56b


Work composed for 4-voice choir and organ

Work for choir

Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56a


Work composed for soloist, 4-voice choir and organ

1954

age 41
Song, lied

Still Falls the Rain (Canticle III), Op. 55


texts by Edith Sitwell

Work composed for tenor, horn and strings

Published in 1956

Work for orchestra

Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, “Gloriana”


Work composed for tenor, oboe and orchestra

Opera

The Turn of the Screw, Op. 54


texts by Myfanwy Piper

Premiere on 1954-09-14

1953

age 40
Song, lied

Winter Words, Op. 52


texts by Thomas Hardy

Work composed for soprano, tenor and piano

Premiere in 1953

Opera

Gloriana, Op. 53


texts by William Plomer (Lytton Strachey)

Premiere on 1953-06-08

1952

age 39
Song, lied

Abraham and Isaac (Canticle II), Op. 51


Work composed for alto, tenor and piano

1951

age 38
Work for soloist

6 Métamorphoses, Op. 49


texts by Ovid

Work composed for oboe

Opera

Billy Budd, Op. 50


texts by E. M. Forster

Premiere on 1951-12-01

1950

age 37
Work for chamber orchestra

Lachrymae (1), Op. 48


Work composed for viola and piano

Work for choir

5 Flower Songs, Opp. 47


Work composed for 4-voice choir

1949

age 36
Work for choir

Spring Symphony, Op. 44


Work composed for soloist, chorus, children's chorus and orchestra

Premiere on 1949-07-14

Work for choir

A Wedding anthem Amo Ergo Sum, Op. 46


texts by Ronald Duncan

Work composed for soprano, tenor, chorus and organ

Opera

The Little Sweep, Op. 45


texts by Eric Crozier

Premiere on 1949-06-14

1948

age 35
Work for choir

Saint Nicolas, Op. 42


Work composed for soloist, chorus, strings, piano 4 hands, percussions and organ

Opera

The Beggar's Opera, Op. 43


texts by John Gay

Premiere in 1728

1947

age 34
Opera

Albert Herring, Op. 39


texts by Eric Crozier

Chamber opera

Premiere on 1947-03-29

Song, lied

A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41


Work composed for mezzo-soprano and piano

Published in 1949

Song, lied

My beloved is mine (Canticle I), Op. 40


texts by Francis Quarles

Work composed for soprano, tenor and piano

Work for orchestra

Men of Goodwill


1946

age 33
Work for orchestra

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34


Published in 1945

Work for soloist

Prelude and Fugue on a theme by Vittoria


Work composed for organ

Opera

The Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37


texts by Ronald Duncan

Premiere on 1946-07-12

Work for orchestra

Occasional Overture, Op. 38


1945

age 32
Work for chamber orchestra

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 36


Work in C, composed for string quartet

Published in 1946

Song, lied

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35


texts by John Donne

Work composed for soprano, tenor and piano

Published in 1947

Work for choir

Festival Te Deum, Op. 32


Work in E, composed for chorus and organ

Published in 1944

Opera

Peter Grimes, Opp. 33


texts by Montagu Slater

Premiere on 1945-06-07

1. 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a No. 1

1944

age 31

1943

age 30
Song, lied

Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31


Work composed for tenor, horn and strings

Song, lied

Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30


Work composed for soloist, 4-voice choir and organ

Work for orchestra

Prelude and Fugue for 18 strings, Op. 29


1942

age 29
Work for choir

A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28


Work composed for voice and harp

Work for choir

Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27


texts by W. H. Auden

Work composed for unaccompanied choir

1941

age 28
Work for chamber orchestra

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 25


Work in D, composed for string quartet

Published in 1942

Work for orchestra

Matinées musicales on a theme by Gioachino Rossini, Op. 24

Matinées musicales


Work composed for orchestra

Work for orchestra with soloist

Scottish Ballad, Op. 26


Work composed for piano and orchestra

Opera

Paul Bunyan, Op. 17


texts by W. H. Auden

Work for orchestra

An American Overture, Op. 27


1940

age 27
Song, lied

7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Opp. 22


Work composed for tenor and piano

Work for orchestra with soloist

Diversions, Op. 21


Work composed for piano and orchestra

Premiere on 1942-01-16

Work for chamber orchestra

Op. 23, Opp. 23


Work composed for piano

1. Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca, Op. 23 No. 1

2. Mazurka elegaica, Op. 23 No. 2

1939

age 26
Song, lied

Les Illuminations, Op. 18


texts by Arthur Rimbaud

Work composed for soprano, tenor and strings

Premiere on 1940-01-30

Work for orchestra

Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20


Work in D

Premiere on 1941-03-29

Work for orchestra with soloist

Young Apollo, Op. 16


Work composed for piano and string orchestra

Premiere on 1939-08-27

Work for choir

A.M.D.G. (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)


Work composed for unaccompanied choir

Work for choir

Ballad of Heroes, Op. 14


texts by W. H. Auden, Randall Swingler

Work composed for tenor, soprano, chorus and orchestra

Work for orchestra

Canadian Carnival overture, Op. 19


1938

age 25
Work for orchestra with soloist

Violin Concerto, Op. 15


Work composed for violin and orchestra

Premiere on 1940-03-28

Work for orchestra with soloist

Piano Concerto, Op. 13


Work composed for piano and orchestra

Premiere on 1938-08-18

1937

age 24
Work for orchestra

Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge, Op. 10


Work composed for string orchestra

Work for choir

The Company of Heaven


Work composed for narrator, soloist, chorus and orchestra

Song, lied

On this Island, Op. 11


texts by W. H. Auden

Work composed for soprano, tenor and piano

Work for orchestra

Mont Juic, Op. 12


Premiere on 1938-01-08

Song, lied

On this Island


1936

age 23
Song, lied

Our Hunting Fathers, Op. 8


texts by W. H. Auden

Work composed for soprano, tenor and orchestra

Premiere on 1936-09-25

Work for chamber orchestra

Temporal Variations


Work composed for oboe and piano

Work for orchestra

Soirées musicales on a theme by Gioachino Rossini, Op. 9

Soirées musicales


Work composed for orchestra

Film score

Night Mail


texts by W. H. Auden

1935

age 22
Work for choir

Friday Afternoons, Op. 7


texts by William Makepeace Thackeray

Work composed for children's chorus and piano

Work for chamber orchestra

2 Insect Pieces


Work composed for piano and oboe

Work for chamber orchestra

Suite for violin and piano, Op. 6


1934

age 21
Work for choir

Te Deum in C


Work composed for chorus, trumpet and organ

Work for soloist

Holiday Diary, Op. 5


Work composed for piano

1933

age 20
Work for orchestra

Simple Symphony, Op. 4


Work composed for string orchestra

Published in 1935

Work for choir

A Boy was Born, Op. 3


Work composed for mixed chorus and organ

Premiere on 1934-02-23

Work for chamber orchestra

3 Divertimenti


Divertimento, composed for string quartet

1932

age 19
Work for chamber orchestra

Sinfonietta, Op. 1


dedicated to Frank Bridge

Work composed for chamber orchestra

Premiere in 1933

Work for orchestra with soloist

Double Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra


Work for chamber orchestra

Phantasy, Op. 2


Quartet, composed for oboe quartet

1931

age 18
Work for chamber orchestra

String Quartet in D major


Work composed for string quartet

Ballet

Plymouth Town


texts by Violet Alford

1930

age 17
Work for choir

Hymn to the Virgin


Work composed for chorus and soloist

1929

age 16

1928

age 15
Work for chamber orchestra

String Quartet in F major


Work composed for string quartet

Song, lied

4 French Songs


Work composed for soprano and orchestra

1927

age 14

1926

age 13

1925

age 12
Work for soloist

5 Waltzes


Work composed for piano

Not-dated works

Song, lied

8 books of Folksong Arrangements


Work composed for voice, piano, guitar and harp

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