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Summary Benjamin Britten

Rgh Festival and the building of Snape Maltings but also how costly the determination that this reuired wasAbove 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 Does a really brilliant job of living up to the promise of the subtitle that is of situating Britten s life amongst the composers and other artists of the twentieth century It is also excellent at creating a portrait of a composer the author obviously admires without descending into hagiography In fact the Britten that is on show here doesn t come across as a particularly nice or admirable person though I must say I ended up with sympathy for him by the end than I had about halfway through I think most of all the book will drive people to the music Well at least people like me who don t know the music very well The critiues offered of the music are the most compelling aspect of the story and it is very tempting to sit down with the music and use Kildea s comments as a way inAnyway great stuff

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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 Billy Budd and The Turn of the Screwhe arguably composed the last operas from any composer in any country which have entered both the popular consciousness and the musical canonHe did all this while carrying tw From BBC Radio 4 Book of the WeekBiography of the English composer by Paul Kildea

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O 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 Aldebu This was a complete chance purchase seen at the top of a pile of books in my local charity shop And what a wonderful discovery it turned out to be for me personally that is I ve not been a huge fan of Britten and after checking my stores found I had only six CDs of his work and not the biggest pieces like Peter Grimes but some I love However one doesn t need to be intimate with the music works to enjoy this biographyMy personal joy was to follow him from childhood onward in England specifically in all the places I know so well from Lowestoft Aldeborough Flatford Mill Ipswich Cambridge Friends House in Euston Road and so forth His political and moral stands against war ineuality famine all spoke to my condition And so many of my favourite singers and musicians appeared along the way along with a few other heroes His personal life is so intriguing his relationships his contacts his endeavours to build a music community are all so impressiveI rarely read non fiction and even rarer for me to read biographies but this one touched my heart and soul Very highly recommended


10 thoughts on “Benjamin Britten

  1. says:

    This is an excellent and very readable biography of one of the great British composers Britten is still something of an enigma and contradiction; a difficult subject just as he could be difficult in real life uintessentially English he seemed to be part of the establishment yet he was hated by many parts of the establishment He was a pacifist and totally anti war; spending the first two years of the war in the

  2. says:

    Blurb Paul Kildea's major biography of the twentieth century composer Benjamin Britten is published in the year that marks his centenaryIn this vivid portrait of the composer Paul Kildea explores the private and creative

  3. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Book of the WeekBiography of the English composer by Paul Kildea

  4. says:

    I came to this book after reading about Wilfred Owen and that Britten’s use of Owen’s poetry in the War Reuiem was one o

  5. says:

    This was a complete chance purchase seen at the top of a pile of books in my local charity shop And what a wonderful discovery it turned out to be for me personally that is I've not been a huge fan of Britten an

  6. says:

    Biographies are not one of my usual genres but I love Britten's music A number of years ago I picked up a biography of him at a bookstore but was very disappointed in browsing through it because the focus seemed to be too m

  7. says:

    This suffers from an illness common to biographies Biographers think that their topic is inherently fascinating so they do

  8. says:

    Does a really brilliant job of living up to the promise of the subtitle that is of situating Britten's life amongst the composers and other artists of the twentieth century It is also excellent at creating a por

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    Page 425 They gave press conferences asked the difference between The Rape of Lucretia and TheTurn of the Screw by a keen reporter he mischievously replied the notes are the same but they are in a different orderPage 430Alma Mahler 17 years later in response to Britten's reuest to dedicate Nocturne to her she tel

  10. says:

    I own both the Humphrey Carpenter biography and now the Kildea biography of Britten I wouldn't be without either one Kildea has the advantage of added documentation being available for his research Kildea's biography provides information on the artistic life and organizations within which and for whom Britten composed and performed Carpenter's biography leans towards a psychological study of Britten and his relationshi

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