Poetry in Sound: The Music of Benjamin Britten

Explore the poetry and literature that inspired one of the country's greatest composers.

Benjamin Britten, widely considered to have been the most important British composer since Purcell

Benjamin Britten, widely considered to have been the most important British composer since Purcell

Benjamin Britten's output spans almost every musical genre, from opera to string quartets to solo songs. This exhibition explores the poetic and literary influences on his distinctive musical sound world, including his creative collaboration with W.H. Auden and his settings of texts by such authors as William Blake, Wilfred Owen, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and William Shakespeare.

Alongside the manuscripts of some of Britten’s most celebrated compositions, the exhibition will feature photographs, concert programmes, and previously unpublished recordings.


Venue details

British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB 020 7412 7332 www.bl.uk

Entry details

Free to all

Main building

Mon – Thu, 9.30am – 8pm

Fri, 9.30am –​6pm (Sat until 5pm)

​Sun, 11am-5pm

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