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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|
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|ISBN:||1574671081 9781574671087 9998820707 9789998820708|
|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|
"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.