A biography of Benjamin Britten which presents a panorama of British musical life since the 1920s.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 704 pages, 48pp photographs
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 03/01/1998
- Category: 20th century & contemporary classical music
- ISBN: 9780571143252
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Review by cappybear
I haven't read any of Carpenter's other books, nor can I read music. That said, I found this a most engrossing study of both Britten and his works. Given the circles in which the composer moved (Auden, Isherwood, Cranko, etc.) it is inevitable that the issue of Britten's homosexuality should feature prominently in this biography, and I thought that the subject was tackled with thought and sobriety. Carpenter's analyses of Britten's major works were most revealing (even to a layman like me) and made me want to listen to and understand his music better. This is no hagiography, but a fine account of the life and times of a troubled man.