The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten

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Dr. David Rowland, Mervyn Cooke, Professor of Music Mervyn Cooke
Cambridge University Press, 28 juin 1999 - 350 pages
The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten is a comprehensive guide to the composer's work, aimed both at the non-specialist and 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. Topics treated here in detail for the first time include Britten's work in the cinema in the 1930s, his lifelong pacifism and his strong interest in the music of the Far East; other chapters include reassessments of his relationship with W.H. Auden and his attitude towards childhood, comprehensive analyses of major works and a concise history of the Aldeburgh Festival. 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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Juvenilia 19221932
11
Britten Auden and otherness
36
Britten in the cinema Coal Face
54
The operas
79
He descended into Hell Peter Grimes Ellen Orford and salvation denied
81
The chamber operas
95
Gloriana Brittens slighted child
113
Britten and Shakespeare A Midsummer Nights Dream
129
Britten as symphonist
217
The concertos and early orchestral scores aspects of style and aesthetic
233
The chamber music
245
Music for voices
260
The composer in the community
277
Britten and the world of the child
279
Old songs in new contexts Britten as arranger
292
Aldeburgh
306

Eros in life and death Billy Budd and Death in Venice
147
Perspectives
165
Distant horizons from Pagodaland to the Church Parables
167
Violent climates
188

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