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Selected Works



"It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting beauty of monotony."
- while listening to the last song in Mahler's song cycle Das Lied von der Erde

Key Works
1932 Sinfonietta
1937 Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
1939 Violin concerto
  Song cycle,Les Illuminations
1940 Sinfonia da Requiem
1942 A Ceremony of Carols
1943 Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
1945 Opera,Peter Grimes
1946 Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
1947 Cantata,Saint Nicholas
  Opera,Albert Herring
1949 Spring Symphony
1951 Opera,Billy Budd
1954 Opera,The Turn of the Screw
1957 Opera,Noye's Fludde
1960 Opera,A Midsummer Night's Dream
1961 War Requiem
1963 Cello Symphony
1964 Church Parable,Curlew River
1973 Opera,Death in Venice
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