Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was the greatest English composer of his time, and the first of his generation to enjoy a wide international reputation. With the great success of Peter Grimes (1945), he effectively re-invented English opera and was a pioneer of music for film and radio. His monumental War Requiem reached a wider audience than any other choral work of the century. In this masterly biography, the author creates a portrait of a great artist, exploring his wide-ranging compositions in detail and discussing the many contradictions that pervaded Britten's fascinating life and career.
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'Enthusiastically recommended.' (Library Journal) 'Finely balanced and beautifully written.' (Opera) 'Masterfully written. A highly recommended book.' (Scenaria) 'Michael Oliver's Phaidon volume on Britten is one of the best in the series to date. The only regret, says Michael Tanner, is that the book isn't longer.' (Classic CD) 'As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial. Intended both for the general reader and for the more enthusiatically musical...' (The Scotsman)
About Michael Oliver
Michael Oliver is well known as a writer and broadcaster, having written and compiled numerous programmes for BBC Radio 3 and written regularly for Gramophone and other magazines for over 20 years. He is also the author of Igor Stravinsky in the 20th-Century Composers series.
Table of Contents
A time there was; striking out on a path of his own; reputation growing steadily; inclined to speak of Europe in the past tense; I am native, rooted here: too much success; the big chariot; my subject is war, and the pity of war; aschenbach; classified list of works.
Benjamin Britten by Michael Oliver
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