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The Operas of Benjamin Britten: Expression and Evasion: Book by Claire Seymour

The Operas of Benjamin Britten: Expression and Evasion

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ISBN: 9781843833147    Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd Year of publishing: 2007     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 370        
Claire Seymour examines ways in which Britten's operas explored and articulated the inherent ambiguity and latent sexuality of music, particularly song, and suggests that they may illustrate his search...Read more
Claire Seymour examines ways in which Britten's operas explored and articulated the inherent ambiguity and latent sexuality of music, particularly song, and suggests that they may illustrate his search for a public 'voice' which would embody, communicate, and perhaps resolve his private beliefs and anxieties. She demonstrates how the delicate balance between private and public communication, and the tension between art as self-expression and art as moral resolution were key concerns in Britten's music. Analyses of Britten's operas from Paul Bunyan to Death in Venice, the three Church Parables, and several of the 'children's operas' offer evidence that, for Britten, opera was the natural medium through which to explore, express and, paradoxically, repress his private concerns.
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A wide variety of ideas within two covers. GRAMOPHONE Among the more interesting expositions of Britten as man and composer. Recommended. CHOICEBR>Intelligent and informative on a number of...Read more
A wide variety of ideas within two covers. GRAMOPHONE Among the more interesting expositions of Britten as man and composer. Recommended. CHOICEBR>Intelligent and informative on a number of levels...(Seymour) does much to clarify the nature and extent, the range and consistency, of Britten's artistic achievement. BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY NEWSLETTERA source of some solid enjoyment. MUSICAL TIMES
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