Benjamin Britten (20th-Century Composers)
Last updated: 17.12.19
||Phaidon Press Inc
Paperback - 240 pages (October 1996), usually ships within 2-3 days.
He wrote the first successful English opera since Purcell, along with a collection of songs, choral
compositions, and ballets that have assured him an important place in 20th-century music. Michael
Oliver, in one of Phaidon's series, 20th-Century Composers, offers a compact, useful introduction to
British composer Benjamin Britten and his work, from folksong settings to church music and the
great opera Peter Grimes. Frank about Britten's homosexuality and his long-time relationship with
the tenor Peter Pears, the book is never prurient and seldom gossipy. Like all the Phaidon books,
this one is relatively brief, well written, well illustrated, and not too technical.