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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 This book, by bringing together all his published articles, unpublished speeches, drafts, and transcriptions of numerous radio interviews, explores the paradox of a reluctant yet influential cultural commentator, artist, and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 which reinforced the notion of a private man who nonetheless saw the importance of public disclosure.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199550975
ISBN-10: 0199550972
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 155mm x 26mm)
Pages: 466
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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