Audio sampler

Explore Britten’s works by launching our Audio Sampler. It is an interactive guide to Britten’s music with many audio clips chosen by staff at The Red House, Aldeburgh. It is not meant to be complete, and we could easily have picked many other examples. You can filter by:

Top 10

Selected by us of works that show the range of music Britten composed.

Mood

Britten’s music reflects many different moods, often several – even in a short piece.

Genre

Britten’s music spans many different genres. There are operas, songs, a ballet, works for orchestras, chamber groups, soloists and choirs.

Instruments

Britten used a wide range of instruments – and voices – in his music.

Writers

Britten read widely and was skilled at choosing and setting texts in English (and occasionally other languages).

Search

Want to hear music from a particular Britten work? Type a keyword into the search panel to find matching clips. Please note that the sampler does not include every published piece.

View Audio Sampler

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