Britten on Music
Edited by Paul Kildea
Britten on Music by Paul Kildea
Book DescriptionBenjamin Britten was a most reluctant public speaker. Yet his contributions were without doubt a major factor in the transformation during his lifetime of the structure of the art-music industry. This text, by bringing together all his published articles, unpublished speeches, drafts and transcriptions of numerous radio interviews, explores the paradox of a reluctant yet influential cultural commentator, artist and humanist. Whether talking about his own music, about the role of the artist in society, about music criticism or wading into a debate on soviet ideology at the height of the Cold War, Britten always gave a performance that reinforced the notion of a private man who nonetheless saw the importance of public disclosure.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198167143
(234mm x 156mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Kildea
Benjamin Britten, Paperback (February 2014)
Presents an account of Britten's life, exploring his deeply held and controversial pacifism; his complex forty-year relationship with Peter Pears; and his creation of an artistic community in Aldeburgh. This book helps us understand the relationship of Britten's music to his life, and takes us as far into its alchemy as we are ever likely to go.
Britten on Music, Paperback (July 2008)
Benjamin Britten was a most reluctant public speaker. Yet he was an influential and thoughtful artist and cultural commentator. This book brings together all his published and draft articles, unpublished speeches, transcriptions of important radio interviews, and programme notes.
Selling Britten, Hardback (August 2002)» View all books by Paul Kildea
This title explores the effect of commercial and national institutions on the music of one of the foremost British composers of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten.
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Author Biography - Paul Kildea
Paul Kildea was born in Australia and studied at Melbourne and Oxford Universities, being awarded a doctorate from the latter in 1996. He has recently been appointed Director of the Britten-Pears Orchestra. In 1999 he was appointed by the Britten Estate to the position of Head of Music, Aldeburgh Productions.
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