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Britten and Barber : their lives and their music

Author: Daniel Felsenfeld
Publisher: Pompton Plains, NJ : Amadeus Press ; Milwaukee, Wis. : Exclusive distributors, H. Leonard, 2005.
Series: Parallel lives series, no. 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Benjamin Britten and Samuel Barber are two giants of twentieth-century classical music, prolific musical presences on the world stage whose work influenced countless others. Both came of age in a time of war, a time of political and artistic upheaval, and both were celebrities who struggled with private demons."
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Named Person: Benjamin Britten; Samuel Barber; Samuel Barber; Benjamin Britten; Samuel Barber; Benjamin Britten
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Felsenfeld
ISBN: 1574671081 9781574671087 9998820707 9789998820708
OCLC Number: 58546315
Notes: "Includes full-length Naxos CD"--Cover.
Description: viii, 180 pages ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Contents: Biographical sketches. Benjamin Britten --
Samuel Barber --
Essays. Dare not speak its name ; A truly perfect failure: Antony and Cleopatra at the Metropolitan --
Listening. Britten: Passacaglia from Peter Grimes ; Serenade for tenor, horn and strings ; The turn of the screw ; Third string quartet --
Barber: Adagio for strings ; Knoxville: Summer of 1915 ; Second essay for orchestra ; Sonata for piano.
Series Title: Parallel lives series, no. 2.
Other Titles: Benjamin Britten and Samuel Barber
Responsibility: Daniel Felsenfeld.
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"Benjamin Britten and Samuel Barber are two giants of twentieth-century classical music, prolific musical presences on the world stage whose work influenced countless others. Both came of age in a time of war, a time of political and artistic upheaval, and both were celebrities who struggled with private demons."

"Daniel Felsenfeld examines the works of these brilliant composers in light of their lives and times. He considers whether the dark themes in Britten's work were sublimations of a psyche inclined to, if not practicing, pedophilia and sadomasochism. He tells how Barber's beloved Adagio for Strings came to be, and chronicles his metamorphosis from boy genius - in his student days, he was hailed as the fourth B, after Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms - to an insecure figure who struggled with but never surrendered to the bigotry of the musical establishment."

"Finally, analyzing specific works - provided on the accompanying CD - Felsenfeld reveals, step-by-step, the artistry that makes these composers great: flawless compositional technique and musical fluency that borders on wizardry. By combining high romanticism with technical innovation, these men provide broad shoulders upon which future composers may proudly stand."--Jacket.

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