Benjamin Britten

Overview

Benjamin Britten was arguably the greatest English composer of his time. His music crossed boundaries of genre and form to include opera, ballet, orchestral and chamber music, and film and incidental music. The result of twenty years of research, Benjamin Britten provides up-to-date and comprehensive details about Britten's life and music, including works, performances, and recordings—an effort never before undertaken. Certain to be of use to any scholar of British music or 20th century composition, this ...

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Overview

Benjamin Britten was arguably the greatest English composer of his time. His music crossed boundaries of genre and form to include opera, ballet, orchestral and chamber music, and film and incidental music. The result of twenty years of research, Benjamin Britten provides up-to-date and comprehensive details about Britten's life and music, including works, performances, and recordings—an effort never before undertaken. Certain to be of use to any scholar of British music or 20th century composition, this reference work is an invaluable addition to the literature on this important artist.

Following a brief biography of the subject, author Stewart Craggs provides a complete list of works and performances, arranged by genre; a discography, and an annotated bibliography. Rounding out the volume are two lists of compositions, one arranged alphabetically and the other chronologically, and a general index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313295317
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Bio-Bibliographies in Music Series
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

STEWART R. CRAGGS is the author of bio-bibliographies on Malcom Arnold (Greenwood, 1998), William Matthias (Greenwood, 1995), Alun Hoddinott (Greenwood, 1993), John McCabe (Greenwood, 1991), Richard Rodney Bennett (Greenwood, 1990), and Arthur Bliss (Greenwood, 1988).

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgements xi
Abbreviations xiii
Biography 1
Works and Performances 9
I. Operas 11
II. Ballets 22
III. Orchestral Works 22
IV. Chamber and Solo Instrumental Music 33
V. Choral Music 48
VI. Songs 67
VII. Church Parables 86
VIII. Film Music 88
IX. Incidental Music 95
X. Arrangements, Editions and Realizations of Works by Other Composers 112
Discography: Britten on Compact Disc 121
Bibliography 159
Appendix A Alphabetical List of Compositions 253
Appendix B Chronological List of Compositions 265
Index 277
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