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 Britten had never been a particularly healthy individual, but by the late 1960s, it was evident that something was seriously wrong. Eventually, he was diagnosed with heart trouble that would eventually require an operation to replace a heart valve. During this operation, which went on much longer than had been anticipated,​ Britten suffered a stroke, making it impossible for him to play the piano or to conduct (both of which activities he'd been extremely good at previously). It also knocked his self-confidence and made the physical act of writing music down on large pieces of music paper very difficult. Britten had never been a particularly healthy individual, but by the late 1960s, it was evident that something was seriously wrong. Eventually, he was diagnosed with heart trouble that would eventually require an operation to replace a heart valve. During this operation, which went on much longer than had been anticipated,​ Britten suffered a stroke, making it impossible for him to play the piano or to conduct (both of which activities he'd been extremely good at previously). It also knocked his self-confidence and made the physical act of writing music down on large pieces of music paper very difficult.
  
-In consequence,​ he practically stopped writing new music in the 1972-1974 time-frame. Instead, he found consolation in looking back at his earlier work, revising it and re-publishing it. Thus, the long-forgotten //Paul Bunyan// (1941) was finally performed (on the BBC) in 1976. Childhood settings of Walter de la Mare were also worked up into //Tit for Tat// at this time.+In consequence,​ he practically stopped writing new music in the 1972-1974 time-frame. Instead, he found consolation in looking back at his earlier work, revising it and re-publishing it. Thus, the long-forgotten //Paul Bunyan// (1941) was finally performed (on BBC Radio) in 1976. Childhood settings of Walter de la Mare were also worked up into //Tit for Tat// at this time.
  
 Three undoubted masterpieces were, however, produced in this period: //Death in Venice// (1973), though written before his heart operation, was first performed just after it; //Phaedra// (1975) is practically an opera-in-minature,​ a vocal tour-de-force for the soprano Janet Baker; and the third and final //String Quarter// (1975), using themes from Death in Venice, to achieve wonderful sonorities and a fitting 'final fling' from the master. Three undoubted masterpieces were, however, produced in this period: //Death in Venice// (1973), though written before his heart operation, was first performed just after it; //Phaedra// (1975) is practically an opera-in-minature,​ a vocal tour-de-force for the soprano Janet Baker; and the third and final //String Quarter// (1975), using themes from Death in Venice, to achieve wonderful sonorities and a fitting 'final fling' from the master.
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