Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes 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. Its appearance in 1945 shortly after the end of the war in Europe was a milestone in operatic history as well as in British music. But the origins of the work lie in the United States, where Britten and his friend Peter Pears (the first Grimes) spent the years 1939-42. In 1941 they read an evocative essay by the novelist E. M. Forster on the Suffolk poet George Crabbe (1754-1832); this precipitated Britten's decision to return to his native country, and sent them both to Crabbe's poem, The Borough, which gave them the idea for the plot they drafted together. This book opens with Forster's original essay and his later one on Crabbe and Peter Grimes. From there the reader can trace the history of the opera: in Donald Mitchell's annotated interview with the wife of the librettist, Montagu Slater; in Philip Brett's detailed study of the fascinating documents preserved in the Britten-Pears Library at Aldeburgh; and in his history of the work's stage presentation and critical reception. Hans Keller's remarkable synopsis, first printed in 1952, is complemented by a fine new analytical study by David Matthews of Act II scene 1, the crux of the opera.

Buy Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes by Philip Brett from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780521297165
ISBN-10: 0521297168
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 13mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-May-1983
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes by Philip Brett

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes book by Philip Brett and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Philip Brett

Music and Sexuality in Britten by Philip Brett
Paperback, November 2006
$52.19
William Byrd and His Contemporaries by Philip Brett
Hardback, October 2006
$116.10