Britten in Pictures

Britten in Pictures

A photographic journey, including a selection of previously unpublished images, that reveal the man 'behind the scenes' at work and play. A new and often surprising portrait of this major musical genius.

Author: Lucy Walker

Publisher:

ISBN: 1843837498

Category: Music

Page: 266

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A photographic journey, including a selection of previously unpublished images, that reveal the man 'behind the scenes' at work and play. A new and often surprising portrait of this major musical genius.
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Benjamin Britten Studies

Benjamin Britten Studies

After 1998 I treaded on the outskirts of Britten scholarship, giving presentations
here and there, but under heavy course ... with those that otherwise occupied my
early Britten research volumes: tattered, torn, and faded copies of Pictures from a
 ...

Author: Vicki P. Stroeher

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781783271955

Category: Music

Page: 526

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Bringing together established authorities and new voices, this book takes off the 'protective arm' around Britten.
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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

Author: Donald Mitchell

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:247823157

Category:

Page: 456

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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

173Benjamin Britten: Pictures from a Life 1913–1976, complied by Donald
Mitchell and John Evans, picture 96. 174 HCBB, p. 584. 175 PKBB, p. 559.
176NPBB, pp. 459–60. CHAPTER 12: LEGACY 177 The Operas of Benjamin
Britten, Claire.

Author: Igor Toronyi-Lalic

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241967584

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 50

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Benjamin Britten was one of the most important and unusual figures in twentieth-century music. This is the perfect introduction to his many wonderful works and his fascinating, controversial life. Benjamin Britten single-handedly transformed the reputation of British classical music. The enormous popular appeal of his great works, such as Peter Grimes (1945) and the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1946), make him the most successful opera composer of any born in the twentieth century. But his success was not without controversy and pain: he was accused of fleeing Britain to avoid military service, he was widely known to be sexually obsessed with boys and he suffered an astonishing array of illnesses. This short book combines a colourful overview of his life with pithy descriptions of all of his major musical works, providing an intimate portrait of this highly unusual man and a persuasive account of his influences, reputation and importance. Each chapter tackles a key episode and theme in his life, from his first compositions at the age of 5, his early friendship and collaboration with W H Auden and the beginnings of his life-long relationship with the tenor Peter Pears, through to his great musical successes and the establishment of the influential, if tempestuous, Aldeburgh Festival, as well as his failures, such as his coronation opera Gloriana (known as 'Boriana') and being satirised by Dudley Moore in Beyond the Fringe - and ending with frank discussions of his naïve politics, his troubling sexuality and his glorious musical legacy. Published to coincide with his 100th anniversary of his birth, this is the perfect introduction to a towering figure of British culture. Igor Toronyi-Lalic is a critic and curator. He writes regularly on music for, among others, The Times and Sunday Telegraph. He is a founder of theartsdesk.com, the author of What's That Thing? (2012), a report on public art, and co-director of the London Contemporary Music Festival.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Journeying Boy

Journeying Boy

Journeying Boy is a selection of his diaries that offer the reader an unseen insight into this complex man.

Author: John Evans

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571274642

Category: Music

Page: 608

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Best remembered for his operas and his War Requiem, Benjamin Britten's radical politics and his sexuality have also ensured that he remains a controversial public figure. Journeying Boy is a selection of his diaries that offer the reader an unseen insight into this complex man. Encompassing the years 1928-1938, they explore some key periods of Britten's life - his early compositions, his education first under composer Frank Bridge and then at the Royal College of Music, an unhappy but productive period studying under John Ireland and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and his reluctant and often painful process of parting from the warm, safe environment of his family home and his beloved mother. The diaries cast light on an often misrepresented musician whose technique, originality and musical prowess have entranced audiences for generations and who continues to inspire composers and musicians around the world.
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Britten and the Far East

Britten and the Far East

Asian Influences in the Music of Benjamin Britten Mervyn Cooke. shrines filled
with images which have stood there since 600AD. We fed the famous holy deer
and took part in the most impressive, complicated and full of deep meaning ...

Author: Mervyn Cooke

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 0851158307

Category: Music

Page: 279

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Investigation into the influence of Eastern music on Britten's composition.
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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten's Poets: The Poetry He Set to Music, Carcanet, 1994 [BFBP]
Anthony Gishford (ed.) ... Faber, 1981 Donald Mitchell and John Evans, Benjamin
Britten: Pictures from a Life, 1913—1976, Faber, 1978 [PFL] Donald Mitchell and
 ...

Author: Neil Powell

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9780805097757

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

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This spellbinding centenary biography by Neil Powell looks at the music, the life, and the legacy of the greatest British composer of the twentieth century Benjamin Britten was born on November 22, 1913, in the East Suffolk town of Lowestoft. Displaying a passion and proficiency for music at an early age, to the delight of his mother, Edith, a talented amateur musician herself, he began composing music when he was only five years old. After studying at the Royal College of Music, Britten went on to write documentary scores for the General Post Office Film Unit, where he met and collaborated with the poet W. H. Auden. Of more lasting importance was Britten's introduction in 1937 to the tenor Peter Pears, who was to become the inspirational center of his emotional and musical life. Their partnership lasted nearly four decades, during a dangerous time when homosexuality was illegal in England. Conscientious objectors, Britten and Pears followed Auden to America before the war began in 1939. While there, they joined the extraordinary Brooklyn ménage of George Davis, Louis MacNeice, and Paul Bowles. Eventually intense homesickness, provoked in part by George Crabbe's poem "Peter Grimes," drove the pair home to East Anglia in 1942 and gave Britten the inspiration for his finest opera. Throughout his career, Britten did not want modern music to be just for "the cultured few" and instead always composed his music to be "listenable-to." The shared quotidian lives of Britten and Pears unfold in this intimate biography and the story of two men who created a truly remarkable legacy.
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The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten

The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten

His edition ( with Philip Reed ) of the first two volumes of Britten's letters won a
Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 1992 ; his other studies of the composer
include Benjamin Britten : Pictures from a Life ( with John Evans ; Faber & Faber
 ...

Author: Dr. David Rowland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521574765

Category: Music

Page: 350

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A comprehensive Companion to Britten's music and life.
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Autobiography of Emma Hardinge Britten

Autobiography of Emma Hardinge Britten

Emma Hardinge Britten Margaret Wilkinson ... Above all , in a letter which
accompanied the picture , he very modestly described how this “ glorious Spirit ”
had come to him to have his picture taken , and without giving the slightest idea
of who ...

Author: Emma Hardinge Britten

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105010336779

Category: Spiritualism

Page: 275

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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

(Britten originally thought Duncan, aided by Harewood, might undertake the
libretto if Plomer declined, though the ... Britten bought monochrome postcards of
pictures by unknown artists of Elizabeth, Essex, Cecil and Raleigh for stimulation.

Author: Paul Kildea

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141924304

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 688

View: 154

Published to mark the beginning of the Britten centenary year in 2013, Paul Kildea's Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century is the definitive biography of Britain's greatest modern composer. In the eyes of many, Benjamin Britten was our finest composer since Purcell (a figure who often inspired him) three hundred years earlier. He broke decisively with the romantic, nationalist school of figures such as Parry, Elgar and Vaughan Williams and recreated English music in a fresh, modern, European form. With Peter Grimes (1945), Billy Budd (1951) and The Turn of the Screw (1954), he arguably composed the last operas - from any composer in any country - which have entered both the popular consciousness and the musical canon. He did all this while carrying two disadvantages to worldly success - his passionately held pacifism, which made him suspect to the authorities during and immediately after the Second World War - and his homosexuality, specifically his forty-year relationship with Peter Pears, for whom many of his greatest operatic roles and vocal works were created. The atmosphere and personalities of Aldeburgh in his native Suffolk also form another wonderful dimension to the book. Kildea shows clearly how Britten made this creative community, notably with the foundation of the Aldeburgh Festival and the building of Snape Maltings, but also how costly the determination that this required was. Above all, this book helps us understand the relationship of Britten's music to his life, and takes us as far into his creative process as we are ever likely to go. Kildea reads dozens of Britten's works with enormous intelligence and sensitivity, in a way which those without formal musical training can understand. It is one of the most moving and enjoyable biographies of a creative artist of any kind to have appeared for years. Paul Kildea is a writer and conductor who has performed many of the Britten works he writes about, in opera houses and concert halls from Sydney to Hamburg. His previous books include Selling Britten (2002) and (as editor) Britten on Music (2003). He was Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival between 1999 and 2002 and subsequently Artistic Director of the Wigmore Hall in London.
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Reading Old Friends

Reading Old Friends

Then came the extended tributes with photographs — Stephen Spender ' s W . H
. Auden : A Tribute and Donald Mitchell ' s Benjamin Britten 1913 - 76 : Pictures
From a Life . As both very late and very early works by the composer and poet ...

Author: John Matthias

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791408809

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 348

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Reading Old Friends includes essays, reviews, and poems on poetics. Matthias, who has spent much time in England, concentrates on British poetry ranging from late modernist figures such as David Jones and Hugh MacDiarmid to contemporaries such as Geoffrey Hill, Seamus Heaney, Michael Hamburger, and John Fuller. He also seeks to establish, or re-establish, meaningful trans-Atlantic connections between Wendell Berry and Jeremy Hooker, for example, or between Robert Duncan and David Jones. Other, more generally acknowledged figures, are also discussed, including Wordsworth, Pope, Crabbe, Constable, Turner, Britten, Tippet, Lowell, Auden, and Berryman. The book also contains three poems on poetics that engage many of the theoretical issues left implicit in most of the essays.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Letters from a Life Vol 1 1923 39

Letters from a Life Vol 1  1923 39

Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten Donald
Mitchell, Philip Reed. LIST. OF. PLATES. Note: Pictures from a Life (PFL, 1978)
remains the most extensive picture documentation of Britten's life. We have tried
to avoid ...

Author: Benjamin Britten

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571265916

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 752

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Volume One of these remarkable letters and diaries opens with a letter from Britten aged nine to his formidable mother, Edith. Music is already at the centre of his life, and it accompanies him through prep and public school and then to London to the Royal College of Music, where the phenomenally gifted but inexperienced young composer is plunged into metropolitan life and makes influential new friends, among them W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood. This was a time of prodigious musical creativity, a growing awareness of his sexuality, and the dawning of his political convictions. Most importantly, during this period Britten met Peter Pears and established the musical and personal relationship that was to last a lifetime. Volume One comes to a close in May 1939, when Britten, accompanied by Pears, departs for North America. The letters and diaries in this illuminating first volume and its successor are supplemented by the editors' detailed commentary and by exhaustive contemporary documentation. Together they constitute a comprehensive portrait not only of the composer but of an age.
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The Operas of Benjamin Britten

The Operas of Benjamin Britten

A reference work for all opera-lovers containing the librettos of all sixteen of Britten's Operas, revised against the composer's own music scores and illustrated with 140 pictures of set and costume designs for the earliest productions of ...

Author: Benjamin Britten

Publisher: Herbert Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105041891479

Category: Operas

Page: 384

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A reference work for all opera-lovers containing the librettos of all sixteen of Britten's Operas, revised against the composer's own music scores and illustrated with 140 pictures of set and costume designs for the earliest productions of each opera.
Categories: Operas

Tribute to Benjamin Britten on His Fiftieth Birthday

Tribute to Benjamin Britten on His Fiftieth Birthday

Benjamin Britten Anthony Gishford ... He formed a habit of buying odds and ends
of pictures , and they gave him great pleasure , even if they were not always ... If it
is not by Gainsborough , ' he wrote of another picture , ' who the devil is it by ?

Author: Benjamin Britten

Publisher: London, Faber and Faber

ISBN: UOM:39015035873796

Category: Music

Page: 195

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Pictures

Pictures

Author: Christie, Manson & Woods

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ISBN: OCLC:702296624

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Composer

Composer

Austin , William The Ploughboy ' s Glory Music and Aesthetics in the 18th and
early 19th centuries ( with le Huray , Peter ) Benjamin Britten - pictures from a life
1913 - 1976 ( with Mitchell , Donald ) Janacek ' s tragic operas Havergal Brian
Bax ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015018074545

Category: Music

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A Britten Source Book

A Britten Source Book

Author: Britten-Pears Library

Publisher: Aldeburgh, Suffolk : Published for the Britten-Pears Library, Aldeburgh by The Britten Estate

ISBN: UCSC:32106008065648

Category: Composers

Page: 328

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Britten

Britten

Benjamin Britten : Peter Grimes , Cambridge , 1983 . Britten , Beth . My Brother
Benjamin , Bourne End , 1986 . Carpenter , Humphrey . Benjamin Britten : a
Biography ... Benjamin Britten : Pictures from a life 1913 – 1976 , London , 1978 .

Author: Michael Kennedy

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105008662251

Category: Composers

Page: 355

View: 147

Part of a series providing comprehensive coverage of the life and works of great composers, this revised edition focuses on Benjamin Britten and includes his posthumously published works and new biographical material. All the reference sections have been updated, including the discography of Britten's performances of his own works. It is suitable for musicians, students and the general reader alike.
Categories: Composers