Special insight into the life of one of the outstanding British composers of the 20th century.
Britten by David Matthews
David Matthews was an assistant, as well as a life-long friend and fellow composer of Benjamin Britten, making this a uniquely personal, sensitive and authoritative account.
'A superb biography ... tells general readers everything they could possibly need to know about the composer's life and work.' -- Clare Stevens Classical Music 'Matthews's Britten is fluent, informative and ... sympathetic to its subject. His comments on Britten's music, which occur unobtrusively throughout the narrative, are richly informative.' -- Alexander Waugh Literary Review 200307 'David Matthews's Britten is a lyrical appraisal of an often tormented existence.' -- Norman Lebrecht Evening Standard 20031201 'David Matthews (...) is himself a composer. His book contains one revelation - the existence of a remarkable work (Two Pieces) for violin, viola and piano written when Britten was 16 - and is so well-balanced and so full of sympathetic but by no means uncritical insights that if I were asked to recommend an introduction to Britten to somebody who knew little or nothing about the man and his music, I would unhesitatingly urge this one.' -- Michael Kennedy Sunday Telegraph
About David Matthews
David Matthews is one of the leading composers of his generation, his music acclaimed worldwide. In the 1960s he worked as an assistant to Britten. He is the author of Michael Tippett: An Introductory Study (Faber).
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