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Julian Bream

(1933-2020), Guitarist and lutenist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Classical guitarist and lutenist; Bream made his debut in London in 1950. His mastery of the classical guitar and renaissance lute did much to revive interest in the instruments. After completing his national service he began to give recitals of Elizabethan music with Pears, and Britten wrote several pieces of music specifically with Bream in mind. These included: Songs from the Chinese, for tenor and guitar (1957), with words from Arthur Waley's collection of translations, and Nocturnal after John Dowland (1963), one of the most famous pieces in the classical guitar repertoire, which he first performed at the 1964 Aldeburgh Festival. Walton and Rawsthorne also composed works especially for him.

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Julian Bream, by Michael Taylor - NPG 5747

Julian Bream

by Michael Taylor
oil on canvas, 1984
NPG 5747

Robert Spencer; Julian Bream, by John Gay - NPG x127334

Robert Spencer; Julian Bream

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950s?
NPG x127334

Peter Pears; Julian Bream, by Lotte Meitner-Graf - NPG x15240

Peter Pears; Julian Bream

by Lotte Meitner-Graf
bromide print, circa 1960
NPG x15240

Julian Bream, by Janet Stone - NPG x23450

Julian Bream

by Janet Stone
bromide print, 1960s-1970s
NPG x23450

Julian Bream, by Roger Perry - NPG x131672

Julian Bream

by Roger Perry
glossy bromide print, 1970s
NPG x131672



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