When Peter Grimes
was premiered in England
in 1945, Benjamin Britten finally became recognized as formidable talent in composition
the world over.
It goes without saying that Britten was considered an important composer in the pre-serialism
years. However, when he wouldn't get on the Atonal
Boat many critics, musicians, and contemporaries wrote him off as being unimaginative.
Peter Grimes is one of four major operas
of Britten's still regularly performed around the world. Although an academic sect and era of music tried to move past his work, American
and European neo-classical
musicians and the school of "New Tonality" cherish
Benjamin Britten as the last major composer
of the 20th century to communicate
in a language
based on traditional tonality
Source: John W. Freeman