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Riassunto: These remarkable letters, never before published, constitute a comprehensive biography told largely in Britten's own words. Volume 1 accompanies him through prep and English public school and then to London to the Royal College of Music, where the young composer is plunged into metropolitan life and makes influential new friends, among them Auden and Isherwood. This was a time of prodigious musical creativity, a growing awareness of his homosexuality, and the dawning of his political convictions. It was during this time that Britten met Peter Pears, the partner with whom his musical and personal relationship was to last a lifetime. This volume closes in May, 1939, when Britten and Pears depart for the United States.
Volume 2 offers an overview of a crucial period in American and British history, politics, and culture. Britten's experience of exile, his return with Pears to England to face recriminations as a Conscientious Objector and prejudice as a brilliant gay artist, and the triumph of his first major opera, Peter Grimes, are all outlined in letters which are a fascinating mix of the public and private.
These first two volumes of the Selected Letters and Diaries—a further two are in preparation—make a fundamental contribution to Britten studies and to twentieth-century cultural history.
Dal risvolto interno:
"A landmark: these letters and their extensive annotation provide a virtual biography of the most important British composer since Purcell. . . . All those interested in music in the twentieth century must read these volumes, which also provide intriguing snapshots of the recent British past."—Peter Stansky, Stanford University
"This is the composer who turned his paranoia as homosexual and pacifist into the classic 20th-century opera, Peter Grimes. . . . Now at last we have some really new material about that personal experience. It turns out to be even more fascinating than one could have imagined."—Philip Brett, editor of Cambridge Opera Handbook Peter Grimes
Titolo: Letters From a Life: The Selected Letters ...
Casa editrice: University of California Press
Data di pubblicazione: 1991
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1991. Condizione libro: Very Good. 0520065204 0520065204 Very Good. (Binding: Cloth, Jacket: Very Good) in 2 volumes in great shape. In a mildly worn slipcase. Codice libro della libreria 1101894