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Music and sexuality in Britten : selected essays

Author: Philip Brett; George E Haggerty
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
Philip Brett's writing on Benjamin Britten changed the course of music scholarship in the late 20th century. This volume gathers Brett's work on the great British composer. It develops a complex understanding of Britten's musical achievement and highlights the many ways that Brett expanded the borders of his field.
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Named Person: Benjamin Britten; Britten, Benjamin <1913-1976> / Opéras.; Benjamin Britten; Benjamin Britten; Benjamin Britten
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Brett; George E Haggerty
ISBN: 0520246098 0520246101 9780520246096 9780520246102
OCLC Number: 63245520
Description: xiv, 280 pages : music ; 23 cm
Contents: Britten and Grimes --
"Grimes is at his exercise" : sex, politics, and violence in the librettos of Peter Grimes --
Grimes and Lucretia --
Salvation at sea : Britten's Billy Budd --
Character and caricature in Albert Herring --
Britten's bad boys : male relations in The turn of the screw --
Britten's dream --
Eros and orientalism in Britten's operas --
Keeping the straight line intact? Britten's relation to folksong, Purcell, and his English predecessors --
Pacifism, political action, and artistic endeavor --
Auden's Britten --
The Britten era.
Responsibility: Philip Brett ; edited by George E. Haggerty ; with an introduction by Susan McClary and an afterword by Jenny Doctor.


Focuses on Benjamin Britten, one of the great British composers. Addressing urgent questions of how an artist's sexual, cultural, and personal identity feeds into specific musical texts, this title  Read more...
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"Philip Brett changed the way we hear Britten's music, compelling us to listen anew for its sounding-out of political, sexual, and cultural meanings. Brett's richly detailed historical awareness, his Read more...

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