Britten on Music, Paperback / softback Book

Britten on Music Paperback / softback

Edited by Paul Kildea

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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This book, by bringing together all his published articles, unpublished speeches, drafts, and transcriptions of numerous radio interviews, explores the paradox of a reluctant yet influential cultural commentator, artist, and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.

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