Britten in Pictures

A photographic journey, including a selection of previously unpublished images, that reveal the man 'behind the scenes' at work and play. A new and often surprising portrait of this major musical genius.

Britten in Pictures

Author: Lucy Walker


ISBN: 9781843837497

Page: 266

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A photographic journey, including a selection of previously unpublished images, that reveal the man 'behind the scenes' at work and play. A new and often surprising portrait of this major musical genius.

Benjamin Britten Studies

After 1998 I treaded on the outskirts of Britten scholarship, giving presentations
here and there, but under heavy course ... with those that otherwise occupied my
early Britten research volumes: tattered, torn, and faded copies of Pictures from a

Benjamin Britten Studies

Author: Vicki P. Stroeher

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1783271957

Page: 526

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Bringing together established authorities and new voices, this book takes off the 'protective arm' around Britten.

Benjamin Britten

173Benjamin Britten: Pictures from a Life 1913–1976, complied by Donald
Mitchell and John Evans, picture 96. 174 HCBB, p. 584. 175 PKBB, p. 559.
176NPBB, pp. 459–60. CHAPTER 12: LEGACY 177 The Operas of Benjamin
Britten, Claire.

Benjamin Britten

Author: Igor Toronyi-Lalic

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241967589

Page: 50

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Benjamin Britten was one of the most important and unusual figures in twentieth-century music. This is the perfect introduction to his many wonderful works and his fascinating, controversial life. Benjamin Britten single-handedly transformed the reputation of British classical music. The enormous popular appeal of his great works, such as Peter Grimes (1945) and the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1946), make him the most successful opera composer of any born in the twentieth century. But his success was not without controversy and pain: he was accused of fleeing Britain to avoid military service, he was widely known to be sexually obsessed with boys and he suffered an astonishing array of illnesses. This short book combines a colourful overview of his life with pithy descriptions of all of his major musical works, providing an intimate portrait of this highly unusual man and a persuasive account of his influences, reputation and importance. Each chapter tackles a key episode and theme in his life, from his first compositions at the age of 5, his early friendship and collaboration with W H Auden and the beginnings of his life-long relationship with the tenor Peter Pears, through to his great musical successes and the establishment of the influential, if tempestuous, Aldeburgh Festival, as well as his failures, such as his coronation opera Gloriana (known as 'Boriana') and being satirised by Dudley Moore in Beyond the Fringe - and ending with frank discussions of his naïve politics, his troubling sexuality and his glorious musical legacy. Published to coincide with his 100th anniversary of his birth, this is the perfect introduction to a towering figure of British culture. Igor Toronyi-Lalic is a critic and curator. He writes regularly on music for, among others, The Times and Sunday Telegraph. He is a founder of, the author of What's That Thing? (2012), a report on public art, and co-director of the London Contemporary Music Festival.

Britten and the Far East

Asian Influences in the Music of Benjamin Britten Mervyn Cooke. shrines filled
with images which have stood there since 600AD. We fed the famous holy deer
and took part in the most impressive, complicated and full of deep meaning ...

Britten and the Far East

Author: Mervyn Cooke

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851158303

Page: 279

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Investigation into the influence of Eastern music on Britten's composition.

The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten

She is currently Cataloguing Manager at the Britten - Pears Library , Aldeburgh ,
and contributes to the Aldeburgh ... a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 1992 ;
his other studies of the composer include Benjamin Britten : Pictures from a Life ...

The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten

Author: Dr. David Rowland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521574761

Page: 350

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A comprehensive Companion to Britten's music and life.

Benjamin Britten His Life and Operas

Benjamin Britten : a Commentary on his works from a group of specialists .
London ... and JOHN ANDREWES ] Benjamin Britten : A Complete Catalogue of
his Works . London ... Benjamin Britten : Pictures from a Life 1913 – 1976 .
London ...

Benjamin Britten  His Life and Operas

Author: Eric Walter White

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520048942

Page: 322

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Benjamin Britten

Picture. Credits. 6 Will R. Rose; 11 Enid Slater; 18 The Cecil Beaton Studio
Archive at Sotheby's; 20 Angus McBean Photograph (MS Thr 581). Copyright ©
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University; 21 George
Rodger, ...

Benjamin Britten

Author: Paul Kildea

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141924306

Page: 688

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Published to mark the beginning of the Britten centenary year in 2013, Paul Kildea's Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century is the definitive biography of Britain's greatest modern composer. In the eyes of many, Benjamin Britten was our finest composer since Purcell (a figure who often inspired him) three hundred years earlier. He broke decisively with the romantic, nationalist school of figures such as Parry, Elgar and Vaughan Williams and recreated English music in a fresh, modern, European form. With Peter Grimes (1945), Billy Budd (1951) and The Turn of the Screw (1954), he arguably composed the last operas - from any composer in any country - which have entered both the popular consciousness and the musical canon. He did all this while carrying two disadvantages to worldly success - his passionately held pacifism, which made him suspect to the authorities during and immediately after the Second World War - and his homosexuality, specifically his forty-year relationship with Peter Pears, for whom many of his greatest operatic roles and vocal works were created. The atmosphere and personalities of Aldeburgh in his native Suffolk also form another wonderful dimension to the book. Kildea shows clearly how Britten made this creative community, notably with the foundation of the Aldeburgh Festival and the building of Snape Maltings, but also how costly the determination that this required was. Above all, this book helps us understand the relationship of Britten's music to his life, and takes us as far into his creative process as we are ever likely to go. Kildea reads dozens of Britten's works with enormous intelligence and sensitivity, in a way which those without formal musical training can understand. It is one of the most moving and enjoyable biographies of a creative artist of any kind to have appeared for years. Paul Kildea is a writer and conductor who has performed many of the Britten works he writes about, in opera houses and concert halls from Sydney to Hamburg. His previous books include Selling Britten (2002) and (as editor) Britten on Music (2003). He was Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival between 1999 and 2002 and subsequently Artistic Director of the Wigmore Hall in London.

Reading Old Friends

Then came the extended tributes with photographs — Stephen Spender ' s W . H
. Auden : A Tribute and Donald Mitchell ' s Benjamin Britten 1913 - 76 : Pictures
From a Life . As both very late and very early works by the composer and poet ...

Reading Old Friends

Author: John Matthias

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791408803

Page: 348

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Reading Old Friends includes essays, reviews, and poems on poetics. Matthias, who has spent much time in England, concentrates on British poetry ranging from late modernist figures such as David Jones and Hugh MacDiarmid to contemporaries such as Geoffrey Hill, Seamus Heaney, Michael Hamburger, and John Fuller. He also seeks to establish, or re-establish, meaningful trans-Atlantic connections between Wendell Berry and Jeremy Hooker, for example, or between Robert Duncan and David Jones. Other, more generally acknowledged figures, are also discussed, including Wordsworth, Pope, Crabbe, Constable, Turner, Britten, Tippet, Lowell, Auden, and Berryman. The book also contains three poems on poetics that engage many of the theoretical issues left implicit in most of the essays.

Letters from a Life Vol 1 1923 39

Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten Donald
Mitchell, Philip Reed. LIST. OF. PLATES. Note: Pictures from a Life (PFL, 1978)
remains the most extensive picture documentation of Britten's life. We have tried
to avoid ...

Letters from a Life Vol 1  1923 39

Author: Benjamin Britten

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 057126591X

Page: 752

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Volume One of these remarkable letters and diaries opens with a letter from Britten aged nine to his formidable mother, Edith. Music is already at the centre of his life, and it accompanies him through prep and public school and then to London to the Royal College of Music, where the phenomenally gifted but inexperienced young composer is plunged into metropolitan life and makes influential new friends, among them W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood. This was a time of prodigious musical creativity, a growing awareness of his sexuality, and the dawning of his political convictions. Most importantly, during this period Britten met Peter Pears and established the musical and personal relationship that was to last a lifetime. Volume One comes to a close in May 1939, when Britten, accompanied by Pears, departs for North America. The letters and diaries in this illuminating first volume and its successor are supplemented by the editors' detailed commentary and by exhaustive contemporary documentation. Together they constitute a comprehensive portrait not only of the composer but of an age.

Benjamin Britten s Poets

But according to Rosamund Strode,who worked closely with Britten formany
years,thetrue picture isthatthere was an ongoing discussion and exchange
ofideas between two peoplewhowere living together.And ofcourse they hadtheir

Benjamin Britten s Poets

Author: Boris Ford

Publisher: Carcanet

ISBN: 1847776906

Page: 328

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Benjamin Britten was a great reader of poetry: it affected his musical genius and style of composition. Friendships and collaborations with writers - Auden and E.M. Forster among them - left a mark. No other composer, not even Schubert or Schumann, set poems of such range and quality. All the poems Britten et are included in this unique anthology, reissued to mark the centenary of Britten's birth.

Journeying Boy

Journeying Boy is a selection of his diaries that offer the reader an unseen insight into this complex man.

Journeying Boy

Author: John Evans

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571274641

Page: 608

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Best remembered for his operas and his War Requiem, Benjamin Britten's radical politics and his sexuality have also ensured that he remains a controversial public figure. Journeying Boy is a selection of his diaries that offer the reader an unseen insight into this complex man. Encompassing the years 1928-1938, they explore some key periods of Britten's life - his early compositions, his education first under composer Frank Bridge and then at the Royal College of Music, an unhappy but productive period studying under John Ireland and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and his reluctant and often painful process of parting from the warm, safe environment of his family home and his beloved mother. The diaries cast light on an often misrepresented musician whose technique, originality and musical prowess have entranced audiences for generations and who continues to inspire composers and musicians around the world.

Benjamin Britten

... secure when conveying his thought via the vehicle of music), Britten,
nevertheless, has left us a generous sheaf of writings which further contribute to a
full and rounded picture of his life and times. A Britten Source Book (Evans/Reed/
Wilson, ...

Benjamin Britten

Author: Peter J. Hodgson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135580375

Page: 245

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This work constitutes the largest and most comprehensive research guide ever published about Benjamin Britten. Entries survey the most significant published materials relating to the composer, including bibliographies, catalogs, letters and documents, conference reports, biographies, and studies of Britten's music.


Mitchell and Evans wanted also to Benjamin Britten - Pictures from a Life - give
an impression of the scope of an excep1913 - 1976 . tionally rich creative life and
in so far as all the studies of Britten possess a good deal of Compiled by Donald






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Benjamin Britten : Peter Grimes , Cambridge , 1983 . Britten , Beth . My Brother
Benjamin , Bourne End , 1986 . Carpenter , Humphrey . Benjamin Britten : a
Biography ... Benjamin Britten : Pictures from a life 1913 – 1976 , London , 1978 .


Author: Michael Kennedy



Page: 355

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Part of a series providing comprehensive coverage of the life and works of great composers, this revised edition focuses on Benjamin Britten and includes his posthumously published works and new biographical material. All the reference sections have been updated, including the discography of Britten's performances of his own works. It is suitable for musicians, students and the general reader alike.

Britten s Children

CHAPTER 4 The wider world of man The death of his parents propelled Britten
into the adult world. At the age of ... His work at the GPO Film Unit gave him
invaluable experience of writing at speed, to order and to picture, The wider
world of.

Britten s Children

Author: John Bridcut

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571260926

Page: 288

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Britten's Children confronts the edgy subject of the composer's obsessional yet strangely innocent relationships with adolescent boys. One of the hallmarks of Benjamin Britten's music is his use of boys' voices, and John Bridcut uses this to create a fresh prism through which to view the composer's life. Interweaving discussion of the music he wrote for and about children with interviews with the boys whom Britten befriended, Bridcut explores the influence of these unique friendships - notably with the late David Hemmings - and how they helped Britten maintain links with his own happy childhood. In a remarkable part of the book Bridcut tells for the first time the full story of Britten's love affair in the 1930s with the 18-year-old German Wulff Scherchen, son of the conductor Hermann Scherchen. As Paul Hoggart of The Times commented, 'this type of love belonged to an emotional landscape that has vanished for ever, and we are the poorer for it'. Since making the film, the author has extended his research to include friendships Britten had with children which have not previously been documented. The documentary Britten's Children won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 2005 Award for Creative Communication: 'this serious and beautiful film explored one aspect of a composer's life in great depth. Avoiding the temptation of sensationalism, Britten's Children was imaginatively researched and both touching and revelatory'.

The Music of Britten and Tippett

But I have an unusually vivid mental picture of that moment . The aural memory is
much vaguer . It is really only of the Brosa Quartet madly counting quavers in the
finale of my first quartet , also a première ! ' In fact , Tippett has confused the ...

The Music of Britten and Tippett

Author: Arnold Whittall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521386685

Page: 325

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A unique double portrait of the two leading composers of their generation.

Modernism on Sea

Benjamin Britten and Aldeburgh MODERNISM CAME TO ALDEBURGH in 1948 ,
with the first annual Festival of Music ... one of the fishermen who was
photographed by Kurt Hutton for Picture Post in 1950 with Britten and E . M .
Forster on ...

Modernism on Sea

Author: Lara Feigel

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781906165246

Page: 272

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"Considers avant-garde art, architecture, film, literature and music, from the early twentieth-century to the present, setting the arrival of modernism against the background of seaside tradition."--Back cover.

Beaver Falls

Readers will also find telling narratives of the Big Snow of 1950 and the Great Race of 1908, with more than 100 vintage photographs and maps detailing the gripping stories and unique memories chronicled here.

Beaver Falls

Author: Kenneth Britten

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738523828

Page: 160

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With an industrial foundation laid down more than 200 years ago, Beaver Falls quickly secured a role in history as one of the most well-established manufacturing towns in western Pennsylvania. Further recognition as a "Pittsburgh in miniature" soon followed as the town's commercial base grew and prospered during the halcyon days of the nineteenth century. Early residents strove to build the town into a self-supporting community committed to family values, and Beaver Falls continued to grow and thrive after the mills and factories gave way to the social experiments of the Harmony Society and the founding of Geneva College. Beaver Falls: Gem of Beaver County devotes a chapter to local football legend Joe Namath's first season of greatness, complete with play-by-play details of the exciting Friday night high school games. "Broadway Joe's" early team picture is here, along with dozens more rare and compelling, never-before-published images. Readers will also find telling narratives of the Big Snow of 1950 and the Great Race of 1908, with more than 100 vintage photographs and maps detailing the gripping stories and unique memories chronicled here.