Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century

Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century

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Published to mark the beginning of the Britten centenary year in 2013, Paul Kildea's Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century is the definitive biography of Britain's greatest modern composer.
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  • Electronic book text | 665 pages
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141924306
  • 9780141924304

About Paul Francis Kildea

Paul Kildea is a writer and conductor who has performed many of the Britten works he writes about, in opera houses and concert halls from Sydney to Hamburg. He has written extensively on the relationship between music and culture in the twentieth century: his previous books include "Selling Britten" (2002) and (as editor) "Britten on Music" (2003). He was Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival between 1999 and 2002 and subsequently Artistic Director of the Wigmore Hall in London. He lives in Berlin.
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'Paul Kildea's superb biography gets closer to Benjamin Britten than any other. His deep insight into Britten's public and private life uncovers a troubled brilliance which has few parallels in twentieth-century music. This is a compelling, incisive, revelatory - and sometimes disturbing - book, both as musical commentary and as narrative' Colin Matthews, composer and former assistant to Benjamin Britten 'Paul Kildea has, perhaps against the odds, given us a compelling new Britten. Beautifully written, meticulously researched and with a professional's ear for the musical achievements, his compulsively readable new biography boasts an impressive historical sweep and - most important - an unflappable sensitivity to the complexities of his troubled subject. This is by far the best treatment of Britten and his music - and one of the best biographies of any composer - that I know' Roger Parker, Professor of Music, King's College, London 'This at last is the biography Britten deserves: engaged with the music and fascinated by the composer's place in his own times, Kildea presents a truly convincing portrait of a great artist' Ian Bostridge
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