Britten — ‘Storm’ Interlude from ‘Peter Grimes’

About the piece

Storm is a musical interlude from an opera called Peter Grimes which is about a local fisherman, Peter Grimes and his struggling community. In the opera it is taken from, there are four interludes each representing a different mood of the sea. This Storm interlude comes at the end of the first act when Peter looks out to sea and notes that the storm is on its way.

Trouble is brewing! Would the water sound like this if it could make music? Trumpets howling like wild winds around you. Britten loved the sea and got to know the moods of the sea – it could be deadly, sinister and beautiful.

About the composer

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was an English composer who was born and lived in Suffolk. He started composing as a child and by the age of 18 he’d written more than 700 pieces! This piece reminds us of life in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, where Britten spent most of his life. It was performed on the beach there in 2013 to celebrate the centenary of his birth. He wrote the opera Peter Grimes in 1945.

Benjamin Britten on the Ten Pieces website

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