Kindle [Benjamin Britten]

Fully well written His descriptions and opinions on Britten s works are nvaluable From BBC Radio "4 Book of the WeekBiography of the English composer by Paul Kildea Does a really brilliant job "Book of the WeekBiography of the English composer by Paul Kildea Does a really brilliant job living up to the promise of the subtitle that Children of the Future is of situating Britten s life amongst the composers and other artists of the twentieth century Its also excellent at creating a portrait Of A Composer The Author Obviously Admires Without Descending Into a composer the author obviously admires without descending Bettina Von Zwehl: Lament into In fact the Britten thats on show here doesn t come across as a particularly nice or admirable person though I must say I ended up with sympathy for him by the end than I had about halfway through I think most of all the book will drive people to the music Well at least people like me who don t know the music very well The critiues offered of the music are the most compelling aspect of the story and A TYRANNY OF GOD its very tempting to sit down with the music and use Kildea s comments as a way nAnyway great stuff This was a complete chance purchase seen at the top of a pile of books n my local charity shop And what a wonderful discovery t turned out to be for me personally that s I ve not been a huge fan of Britten and after checking my stores found I had only six CDs of his work and not the biggest pieces like Peter Grimes but some I love However one doesn t need to be ntimate with the music works to enjoy this biographyMy personal joy was to follow him from childhood onward n England specifically A Deadly Trade in all the places I know so well from Lowestoft Aldeborough Flatford Mill Ipswich Cambridge Friends Housen Euston Road and so forth His political and moral stands against war Framed for Murder ineuality famine all spoke to my condition And so many of my favourite singers and musicians appeared along the way along with a few other heroes His personal lifes so ntriguing his relationships his contacts his endeavours to build a music community are all so mpressiveI rarely read non fiction and even rarer for me to read biographies but this one touched my heart and soul Very highly recommended Blurb Paul Kildea s major biography of the twentieth century composer Benjamin Britten s published n the year that marks his centenaryIn this vivid portrait of the composer Paul Kildea explores the private and creative life of the man who composed operas that have entered the popular consciousness as well as the musical canon These nclude Peter Grimes Billy Budd and The Turn of the Screw Kildea also explores his forty year complex relationship with Peter Pears for whom Britten created an array of operatic and vocal roles Kildea brings his experience as a conductor who has performed many of Britten s works to bear n his Squeak! insightfulnterpretation of the composer s music Radio 3 will be marking Britten s Centenary across the year Claiming His Bought Bride / Seducing the Enemy's Daughter including broadcasts of all his operasRead by Alex Jennings whos well known to Radio 4 audiences and has appeared n man. Ldeburgh Festival and the building of Snape Maltings but also how costly the determination that this reuired wasAbove all this book helps us understand the relationship of Britten's music to his life and takes us as far nto his creative process as we are ever likely to go Kildea reads dozens of Britten's works with enormous Pick Three intelligence and sensitivityn a way which those without formal musical training can understand It s one of the most moving and enjoyable biographies of a creative artist of any kind to have appeared for years. ,


Benjamin Britten

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I own both the Humphrey Carpenter Biography And Now The biography and now the biography of Britten I wouldn t be without either one Kildea has the advantage of added documentation being available the advantage of added documentation being available his research Kildea s biography provides nformation on the artistic life and organizations within which and for whom Britten composed and performed Carpenter s biography leans towards a psychological study of Britten and his relationships Both are compelling reading This suffers from an llness common to biographies Biographers think that their topic Across the Table isnherently fascinating so they don t even try to make Accidental Commando (Eagle Squadron it so Edit my friends edit lists of dates and names just make readers want to cry I came to this book after reading about Wilfred Owen and that Britten s use of Owen s poetryn the War Reuiem was one of the things that made Owen a household name Britten had always been a part of my life n that from childhood I listened to his records saw Pears sing Peter Grimes and saw the War Reuiem performed n the new Coventry Cathedral Later I lived Accidental Commando in Essex and Suffolk and I met many people who had had contact with Brittenn one way or another and heard him give a song recital with Peter Pears at Essex UniversityFirstly one think about this biography s that the writer s a musician and the detailed discussion of Britten s major works The Adventurer's Bride is verylluminating and will be an Moto ondoso stabile e altri racconti invaluable reference to them for anyone who wants to listen further Britten s musics never simple there are often sub texts All About Me in the circumstances surrounding any particular piece For example of the Britten that I know whichs only a small part of his ouevre I most love his settings of the Holy Sonnets of John Donne and Son of the Sheriff (Delta Justice, it slluminating to discover that they were the first things he composed n a high fever after travelling with Menuhin to perform for victims of the newly liberated Belsen concentration camp an experience that continued to haunt him for the rest of his life At the time I went to University Britten was already an establishment figure wealthy and loaded with gongs so t was a surprise to read that Son of the Sheriff in 1940 he lived with Pearsn a brownstone The Best of Us: A Memoir in Brooklyn which he shared with such bohemian figures as WH Auden and Chester Kallman Paul and Sally Bowles where characters like Leonard Bernstein Kurt Weill and Salvador Dali would come and go and which was nicknamed February House by no less a figure than Anais Nin I had known thatn his youth Britten collaborated with Auden and Randall Swingler but I had not realized what a profound nfluence Auden had on him Words were obviously of critical mportance to Britten and almost all his mportant works revolved around settings of words and t The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Toward Spatial Emancipation is clear from this biography that the reason was Britten s passionate hatred of war and deep unease about economicneualities reuired words to put across He was of course attacked from the right for his pacifism and support of the. In the eyes of many Benjamin Britten was our finest composer since Purcell a figure who often nspired him three hundred years earlier He broke decisively with the romantic nationalist school of figures such as Parry Elgar and Vaughan Williams and recreated English music n a fresh modern European form With Peter Grimes 1945 Billy Budd 1951 and The Turn of the Screw 1954 he arguably composed the last operas from any composer n any country which have entered both the popular consciousness and the musical canonHe did all this while Peace Pledge Union and from the left later for his willingness to lunch with the royals and take holidays with Princess Margaret of Hesse but one never gets the feeling that he became right wing as he got older even less that he put his blinkers on and became ntellectually complacent He seems to have been someone who lived from first to last with his eyes open so that late n his life he confided to Sidney Nolan that he thought western civilization was n crisis and the result would be tragic Altogether then my Let It Snow impression of Britten remains that he like Owen represents the best of England really the best we had to offer He may have upset the left and the right at various times but he was always a high minded man alert to the happeningsn the culture from which he had sprung The fact that he may have been prickly on occasions seems rrelevant really when you look at his output and the pressures on him one friend said that music simply poured out of him He was always active building bridges promoting his musical values As for his sex life what I took most from the book was the feeling that a really solid marriage s the thing that allows creative people the freedom to get sex out of the way and concentrate on the things that matter What kind of marriage Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, it was seems private andrrelevent This s an excellent and very readable biography of one of the great British composers Britten s still something of an enigma and contradiction a difficult subject just as he could be difficult n real life uintessentially English Page 425 They gave press conferences asked the difference between The Rape of Lucretia and TheTurn of the Screw by a keen reporter he mischievously replied the notes "Are The Same But They Are In A Different OrderPage " the same but they are n a different orderPage Mahler 17 years later HOW TO PLOT ROMANCE FICTION: KEEP YOUR PANTS ON! HOW TO OUTLINE A ROMANCE NOVEL WHEN YOU ARE AN INTUITIVE WRITER in response to Britten s reuest to dedicate Nocturne to her she telegraphed the composer my happinesss enormous I cannot feel or think of anything else my deepest thanks Page 370He filled his fountain pen with black Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, ink so the score could be easily photographed apologizing to various correspondents for contravening the etiuette that restricted this color to condolence lettersPage 406Normally Britten responded to such lettersn one of two ways I think this s my best piece yet he would say to his ntimate friends Or to those outside the he would say to his Angels Do Have Wings intimate friends Or to those outside the he might say ones always fondest of one s youngest child Biographies are not one of my usual genres but I love Britten s music A number of years ago I picked up a biography of him at a bookstore but was very disappointed n browsing through t because the focus seemed to be too much on his sex life He and Pears were together for some forty years and so many of Britten s great works were written with that voice n his mind s ear as he wrote and all you want to write about s who cheated on whom with whom By contrast Kildea s book Christmas Cowboy Kisses: A Family for Christmas\A Christmas Miracle\Christmas with Her Cowboy is fascinatingnformative and wonder. Arrying two disadvantages to worldly success his passionately held pacifism which made him suspect to the authorities during and Amusement Parks of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware immediately after the Second World War and his homosexuality specifically his forty year relationship with Peter Pears for whom many of his greatest operatic roles and vocal works were created The atmosphere and personalities of Aldeburghn his native Suffolk also form another wonderful dimension to the book Kildea shows clearly how Britten made this creative community notably with the foundation of the
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