The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten

The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten

by Mervyn Cooke
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521574765

ISBN-13: 9780521574761

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a comprehensive guide to Britten's work, aimed both at the nonspecialist and the music student. It sheds light on both the composer's stylistic and personal development, offering new interpretations of his operatic works and discussing his characteristic working methods. A distinguished team of contributors include some who worked with the composer during

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This is a comprehensive guide to Britten's work, aimed both at the nonspecialist and the music student. It sheds light on both the composer's stylistic and personal development, offering new interpretations of his operatic works and discussing his characteristic working methods. A distinguished team of contributors include some who worked with the composer during his lifetime, as well as leading representatives of the younger generation of Britten scholars on both sides of the Atlantic.

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ISBN-13:
9780521574761
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Music Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Mervyn Cooke; Part I. Apprenticeship: 1. Juvenilia (1922–1932) Christopher Mark; 2. Britten, Auden and 'Otherness' Paul Kildea; 3. Britten in the cinema: 'Coal Face' Philip Reed; Part II. The Operas: 4. 'He Descended into Hell': Peter Grimes, Ellen Orford and Salvation Denied Stephen Arthur Allen; 5. The chamber operas Arnold Whittall; 6. 'Gloriana': Britten's 'Slighted Child' Antonia Malloy-Chirgwin; 7. Britten and Shakespeare: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Mervyn Cooke; 8. Eros in life and death: 'Billy Budd' and 'Death in Venice' Clifford Hindley; Part III. Perspectives: 9. Distant horizons : from Pagodaland to the Church Parables Mervyn Cooke; 10. Violent climates Donald Mitchell; 11. Britten as symphonist Arved Ashby; 12. The concertos and early orchestral scores: aspects of style and aesthetic Eric Roseberry; 13. The chamber music Philip Rupprecht; 14. Music for voices Ralph Woodward; Part IV. The Composer in the Community: 15. Britten and the world of the child Stephen Arthur Allen; 16. Old songs in new contexts: Britten as arranger Eric Roseberry; 17. Aldeburgh Judith LeGrove.

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