Music in the Time of War
Benjamin Britten, who wrote the mighty War Requiem heard in this week’s program, has an interesting feature to his name: his first and last names both begin with the same letter - B. This is not so unusual, as numerous other composers share this feature: Béla Bartók, Edward Elgar, George Gershwin, Modest Mussorgsky, William Walton, to name a few.
However, with Britten it goes one step further: his first and last names also both end with the same letter - n.
Several other composers share this rare ‘double’ feature, with their two names both beginning and ending with a shared letter. I have written four such composers below, but removed from their names all but two letters as hints. Can you identify them?
1. ________L__ ______________D__
2. ____O__________ ____B__________
3. ____R__ ________M________
4. ______M____ __A________
1. Cécile Chaminade
2. Giovanni Gabrieli
3. Toru Takemitsu
4. Thomas Tallis
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