Music and Sexuality in Britten
By (author) Philip Brett
Edited by George E. Haggerty
Introduction by Susan McClary
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Music and Sexuality in Britten by Philip Brett
Book DescriptionPhilip Brett's groundbreaking writing on Benjamin Britten altered the course of music scholarship in the later twentieth century. This volume is the first to gather in one collection Brett's searching and provocative work on the great British composer. Some of the early essays opened the door to gay studies in music, while the discussions that Brett initiated reinvigorated the study of Britten's work and inspired a generation of scholars to imagine 'the new musicology'. Addressing urgent questions of how an artist's sexual, cultural, and personal identity feeds into specific musical texts, Brett examines most of Britten's operas as well as his role in the British cultural establishment of the mid-twentieth century. With some of the essays appearing here for the first time, this volume develops a complex understanding of Britten's musical achievement and highlights the many ways that Brett expanded the borders of his field.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520246102
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Philip Brett
William Byrd and His Contemporaries, Hardback (October 2006)
Throughout his distinguished career, Philip Brett wrote about the music of the Tudor period. He carried out pathbreaking work on the life and music of William Byrd (c1540-1628). Collecting these influential essays, this volume is a tribute to Brett's agile mind and to his incomparable skill at synthesizing history and musical analysis.
Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes, Paperback (May 1983)» View all books by Philip Brett
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is one of the few operas of the last half-century to have gained a secure place in the repertory.
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Author Biography - Philip Brett
Philip Brett (1937-2002) was Distinguished Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to dozens of scholarly editions of English Renaissance music and pioneering articles in a wide variety of fields, he is author of Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes and coeditor of Queering the Pitch: The New Gay and Lesbian Musicology, Cruising the Performative: Interventions into the Representation of Ethnicity, Nationality, and Sexuality, and Decomposition: Post-Disciplinary Performance. George Haggerty is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.
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