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This book, by bringing together all his published articles, unpublished speeches, drafts, and transcriptions of numerous radio interviews, explores the paradox of a reluctant yet influential cultural commentator, artist, and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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 466 pages, 4pp plate section
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 24/07/2008
- Category: 20th century & contemporary classical music
- ISBN: 9780199550975