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Letters from a life : the selected letters of Benjamin Britten 1913-1976. Vol. 4, 1952-1957

Author: Benjamin Britten; Philip Reed; Mervyn Cooke; Donald Mitchell
Publisher: Woodbridge, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press in association with The Britten-Pears Foundation, 2008.
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Covers the years 1952-57, during which Benjamin Britten wrote three major works for the stage - the Coronation opera "Gloriana", the chamber opera "The Turn of the Screw", and the full-length ballet  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
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Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976.
Letters from a life Vol. 4, 1952-1957.
Woodbridge, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press in association with The Britten-Pears Foundation, 2008
(OCoLC)682163597
Named Person: Benjamin Britten; Benjamin Britten
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Britten; Philip Reed; Mervyn Cooke; Donald Mitchell
ISBN: 9781843833826 1843833824
OCLC Number: 195724075
Description: xxvi, 633 p., 16 p. of plates : ill., music ; 25 cm.
Contents: The fourth volume of the annotated selected letters of Benjamin Britten covers the years 1952-57, during which he wrote three major works for the stage--the Coronation opera Gloriana, the chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, and the full-length ballet The Prince of the Pagodas--as well as important vocal works such as Canticles II and III and the Hardy song-cycle Winter Words. Correspondents include librettists William Plomer (Gloriana) and Myfanwy Piper (The Turn of the Screw), and friends and collaborators such as Edith Sitwell, E. M. Forster, Basil Coleman, Imogen Holst, Francis Poulenc, Lennox Berkeley, the Earl of Harewood and Britten's partner and principal interpreter, Peter Pears. The volume charts Britten's growing stature as a major figure of the European musical establishment as composer, conductor and pianist, and his continuing involvement with the Aldeburgh Festival, the English Opera Group, and Covent Garden. Central to the period is the world trip undertaken by Britten and Pears and the first-hand encounter with the music and cultures of Bali and Japan that were radically to inform Britten's compositional techniques from Pagodas onwards. The comprehensive and scholarly annotations vividly evoke a key period in twentieth-century musical and cultural history, and offer a wide range of detailed information fascinating for both the Britten specialist and the general reader [Publisher description]
Other Titles: Selected letters of Benjamin Britten
1952-1957
Responsibility: edited by Philip Reed, Mervyn Cooke and Donald Mitchell.
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