RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 786461122 LA English T1 Britten's unquiet pasts : sound and memory in postwar reconstruction A1 Wiebe, Heather., PB Cambridge University Press PP New York YR 2012 SN 9780521194679 0521194679 AB This book examines the intersections between musical culture and a British project of reconstruction from the 1940s to the early 1960s, asking how gestures toward the past negotiated issues of recovery and renewal. In the wake of the Second World War, music became a privileged site for re-enchanting notions of history and community, but musical recourse to the past also raised issues of mourning and loss. How was sound figured as a historical object and as a locus of memory and magic? Wiebe addresses this question using a wide range of sources, from planning documents to journalism, public ceremonial and literature. Its central focus, however, is a set of works by Benjamin Britten that engaged both with the distant musical past and with key episodes of postwar reconstruction, including the Festival of Britain, the Coronation of Elizabeth II and the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral [Publisher description].