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Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd By Mervyn Cooke

Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd by Mervyn Cooke

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A full synopsis takes the reader through the musical and dramatic action of this, one of Britten's most challenging operas and further chapters discuss the literary background, the collaboration between librettists and composer, and the distinctive tonal symbolism of the music.

Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd Summary

Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd by Mervyn Cooke

Billy Budd, based on Herman Melville's nautical allegory, is one of Britten's most challenging operas. This comprehensive guide considers the work from both literary and musical viewpoints. Melville's novella is discussed, as is the interpretation given to the novella by the librettists E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier. A detailed synopsis guides the reader through the musical and dramatic action of the opera and in a chapter devoted to the music, Britten's distinctive technique of tonal symbolism is analysed to demonstrate the effectiveness of his musical response to the dramatic suggestions of Melville's story. The most important critical writings on Billy Budd are represented by an expanded version of Donald Mitchell's 1979 notebook on the opera. A final chapter charts the opera's stage history and fluctuating critical reception.

Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd Reviews

"...a concise, informative study of Benjamin Britten's grandest opera." New York Daily News
"...excellent...enlightening...Cooke and Reed have put together a very useful and helpful handbook..." The Opera Journal

Table of Contents

1. Synopsis; 2. Herman Melville's Billy Budd; 3. Britten's Billy Budd: Melville as opera libretto; 4. From first thoughts to first night: a Billy Budd chronology; 5. The 1960 revisions: a two-act Billy Budd; 6. Britten's 'prophetic song': tonal symbolism in Billy Budd; 7. A Billy Budd notebook (1979-91); 8. Stage history and critical reception; Appendices.

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Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd by Mervyn Cooke
Used - Very Good
Cambridge University Press
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