"...excellent...enlightening...Cooke and Reed have put together a very useful and helpful handbook..." The Opera Journal
Benjamin Britten: Billy Buddby Mervyn Cooke
Based on a novella by Herman Melville, Billy Budd is one of Britten's most challenging operas. A complete synopsis is followed by an account of the opera's literary background, collaboration between librettists and composer, and the music's tonal symbolism.
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