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    DescriptionThis collection of eight "lectures" by pianist, Graham Johnson, is based on a series of concert talks given at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as part of the Benjamin Britten festival in 2001. The focus of the book is on Britten's songs, starting with his earliest compositions in the genre. Graham Johnson suggests that the nature of Britten's creativity is especially apparent in his setting of poetry, that he becomes the poet's alter-ego. A chapter on Britten's settings of Auden and Eliot explores the particular influences these writers brought to bear at opposite poles of the composer's life. The inspiration of fellow musicians is also discussed, with a chapter devoted to Britten's time in Russia and his friendship with the Rostropovitch family. Closer to home, the book places in context Britten's folksong settings, illustrating how he subverted the English folksong tradition by refusing to accept previous definitions of what constituted national loyalty. Drawing on letters and diaries, and featuring a number of photographs, this book illuminates aspects of Britten's songs from the personal perspective of the pianist who worked closely with Peter Pears after Benjamin Britten was unable to perform through illness. Johnson worked with Pears on learning the role of Aschenbach in "Death in Venice" and was the official pianist for the first master class given by Peter Pears at Snape in 1972.

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    Britten, Voice and Piano
    Lectures on the Vocal Music of Benjamin Britten
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham Johnson, Edited by Graham Johnson, Edited by George Odam
    Physical properties
    Format: Mixed media product
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    ISBN 13: 9780754638728
    ISBN 10: 0754638723

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: AVH
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 540
    BISAC V2.8: MUS042000
    BIC subject category V2: AVRJ, AVGC6
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC classification: ML410.B853
    DC22: 782.2092, 782.2/092
    LC classification: ML410.B853 J64 2003
    LC subject heading:
    Illustrations note
    35 b&w illustrations and photographs, 1 music example, index
    Ashgate Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Ashgate Publishing Limited
    Publication date
    01 September 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Table of contents
    Lecture 1 The Young Britten; Lecture 2 Britten Abroad - Italy, Poland and France; Lecture 3 The British Folksong Settings; Lecture 4 A Miscellany of Folksongs; Lecture 5 Britten the Elizabethan and Britten the Baroque; Lecture 6 Beginnings (Auden) and Ends (Eliot); Lecture 7 Britten and Russia; Lecture 8 Britten and the English Landscape.