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Description - Britten on Music by Paul Kildea

Benjamin 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 This text, by bringing together all his published articles, unpublished speeches, drafts and transcriptions of numerous radio interviews, explores the paradox of a reluctant yet influential cultural commentator, artist and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 Details

ISBN: 9780198167143
ISBN-10: 0198167148
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 32mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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