Benjamin Britten (20th-Century Composers)
Last updated: 17.12.19
Printed: 1996 Author: Michael Oliver
Publisher: Phaidon Press Inc ISBN: 0714832774
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Paperback - 240 pages (October 1996), usually ships within 2-3 days.
Amazon Review:
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.