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Benjamin Britten and Montagu Slater's Peter Grimes.

Author: Sam Kinchin-Smith
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Ã??`Who can turn skies back and begin again?' -Peter ã?? This book contends that Peter Grimes, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential operas of the 20th century, is also one of the British theatre's finest `lost' plays. Seeking to liberate Britten and Slater's work from the blinkered traditions of theatre and opera criticism, Sam Kinchin-Smith poses two questions: If an opera was created like  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Named Person: Benjamin Britten; Montagu Slater
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Kinchin-Smith
ISBN: 9781315558813 1315558815
OCLC Number: 1011452993
Description: 1 online resource (75 pages)
Contents: Intro; Half Title; Series Information; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of figures; Acknowledgements; 1 Grimes on the Beach; Notes; 2 Opera as theatre; Notes; 3 The Suffolk renaissance; A theatre of sea; A theatre of sky; A theatre of earth; A theatre of fire; Notes; 4 â#x80;#x98;Of use to peopleâ#x80;#x99;; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"Ã??`Who can turn skies back and begin again?' -Peter ã?? This book contends that Peter Grimes, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential operas of the 20th century, is also one of the British theatre's finest `lost' plays. Seeking to liberate Britten and Slater's work from the blinkered traditions of theatre and opera criticism, Sam Kinchin-Smith poses two questions: If an opera was created like a play, and can be staged as a play, is it a play? If a portion of its success and influence is the product of this newly identified theatrical engine, is it then a great play? The answers involve Wagner and W.G. Sebald, George Crabbe and Complicite, Akenfield and Twin Peaks. Challenging long-established narratives of post-war theatre history, this book makes a compelling case for why practitioners and scholars of performance ought to pay more attention to Britten and Slater's achievement - a milestone of unconventional English modernism - and perhaps to other operatic masterpieces too."--Provided by publisher.

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