Britten

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"His comments on Britten's music, which occur unobtrusively throughout the narrative, are richly informative."—Alexander Waugh, Literary Review

Benjamin Britten was one of the outstanding British composers of the twentieth century. He shot to international fame with his operas, performed by his own English Opera Group, and a series of extraordinary instrumental works. His music has won a central place in the repertoire and the affection of successive generations of listeners. ...

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Overview

"His comments on Britten's music, which occur unobtrusively throughout the narrative, are richly informative."—Alexander Waugh, Literary Review

Benjamin Britten was one of the outstanding British composers of the twentieth century. He shot to international fame with his operas, performed by his own English Opera Group, and a series of extraordinary instrumental works. His music has won a central place in the repertoire and the affection of successive generations of listeners. David Matthews brings to this biography his special insight as a fellow composer, former assistant, and lifelong friend of Britten, producing a uniquely personal, sensitive, and authoritative account.

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Matthews covers both music and life very concisely yet thoroughly and engagingly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908323385
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Edition description: Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 987,643
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


David Matthews is one of the leading composers of his generation, his music acclaimed worldwide and in the 1960s he worked as an assistant to Benjamin Britten.

Matthews's output as a composer is centred on the classical instrumental and orchestral forms. His series of ten string quartets is one of the most distinguished that any composer has essayed in recent years. He has also written seven symphonies. They, and an accompanying cluster of works such as September Music, the Serenade, two Violin Concertos, the symphonic poem In the Dark Time and the monumental orchestral Chaconne, confirm him as one of the world's foremost composers.

He is the author of Michael Tippett: An Introductory Study.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
A Boy Was Born 1
Go Play, Boy, Play 17
Coldest Love Will Warm to Action 29
America Is What You Choose to Make It 51
What Harbour Shelters Peace? 68
Our Firm-United Souls 83
On the Infinite Sea 100
Sleep's Healing Power 119
In Peace I Have Found My Image 129
Death Will Give Me Freedom 145
Notes 158
Chronology 162
Rediscovering the Young Britten 170
Works and Recordings 171
Index 176
Picture Sources 182
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