Letters from a Life: (1946-1951) Volume 3: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten

Letters from a Life: (1946-1951) Volume 3: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten

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Edited by Donald Mitchell, Edited by Philip Reed, By (author) Benjamin Britten

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 784 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 40mm | 1,178g
  • Publication date: 16 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 057129930X
  • ISBN 13: 9780571299300
  • Sales rank: 1,134,077

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This long-awaited third volume of composer Benjamin Britten's remarkable letters covers the years 1946-51. Fresh from the astonishing success of his great first opera, Peter Grimes, Britten was vital to the post-war rebuilding of the arts in Great Britain with his visionary work as a composer, conductor, and performer. With his partner, the celebrated tenor Peter Pears, he founded the Aldeburgh Festival, which eventually grew into the international festival that it is today, and the English Opera Group. He also toured widely in Europe and the United States as a pianist and conductor. During this time he wrote many of his best-known works, including the operas Billy Budd, Albert Herring, and The Rape of Lucretia.

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Benjamin Britten (1913 - 76) began composing at the age of six, and his first compositions were published while he was still a student. He made a living through writing music for documentary films in the 1930s, beginning a collaboration with W H Auden which continued when he and his life-long partner, the singer Peter Pears, moved to the USA in 1939. Returning in 1942 he began work on his operatic masterpiece, Peter Grimes, the first of the many operas that dominated his career.His greatest public success came with the War Requiem in 1962; he died four years after the completion of his final opera, Death in Venice.