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All the Gods
Christopher Wintle

Christopher Wintle's in-depth examination of Britten's Notturno includes a full set of sketches, the printed score, an introductory essay and two appendices, providing a new model for the study of Britten's work in general.

9780954012380 | Hardback | Plumbago Books | Poetics of Music

   

Benjamin Britten
New Perspectives on His Life & Work
Edited by Lucy Walker

An essay collection which examines Britten's juvenilia, influences such as Shostakovich and Verdi, his opera Owen Wingrave and a libretto written by Australian novelist Patrick White with the hope of a future collaboration.

9781843835165 | Hardback | Boydell Press | Aldeburgh Studies in Music

   

Britten and Auden in the Thirties: The Year 1936
Donald Mitchell, Alan Hollinghurst [Foreward by]

A crucial year in the Britten/Auden relationship, which reshaped and redefined artistic direction in the immediate pre-war period.

9780851157900 | Paperback | Boydell Press | Aldeburgh Studies in Music

   

Britten and the Far East
Asian Influences in the Music of Benjamin Britten
Mervyn Cooke

Investigation into the influence of Eastern music on Britten's composition. 
 
9780851158303 | Paperback | Boydell Press | Aldeburgh Studies in Music

 

   

Imogen Holst: A Life in Music
Revised Edition
Edited by Christopher Grogan

This paperback edition is updated to include new insights into Holst's life and work resulting from the discovery of important unseen archival materials.

9781843835998 | Paperback | Boydell Press | Aldeburgh Studies in Music

   

Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913-1976
Volume V: 1958-1965
Edited by Philip Reed & Mervyn Cooke


This fifth volume of Britten's letters covers a period of intense activity in his life and works, culminating in his great pacifist choral masterpiece, War Requiem.

9781843835912 | Hardback | Boydell Press | Aldeburgh Studies in Music

   

Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913-1976
Volume IV: 1952-1957
Edited by Donald Mitchell, Philip Reed & Mervyn Cooke

The fourth volume of this acclaimed edition of Britten's letters covers the composition of three key works and the world trip that was to radically inform the composer's style thereafter.

9781843833826 | Hardback | Boydell Press | Aldeburgh Studies in Music

   

The Making of Peter Grimes: Essays
Edited by Paul Banks

Historic accounts and new material illuminate the creation, early history and artistic intentions of Britten's first opera.

9780851157917 | Paperback | Boydell Press | Aldeburgh Studies in Music

Please also see the The Making of Peter Grimes | The Facsimile of Britten's Composition Draft Set

   

The Music of Lennox Berkeley
Peter Dickinson

Fully revised edition of Peter Dickinson's acclaimed study of one of the great British composers of the twentieth century.

9780851159362 | Hardback | Boydell Press | Music

   

On Mahler and Britten
Essays in Honour of Donald Mitchell on his Seventieth Birthday
Edited by Philip Reed

Critical essays and studies reflecting the latest thinking on two major figures in 20c music.

9780851156149 | Paperback | Boydell Press | Aldeburgh Studies in Music

   

Television Opera
The Fall of Opera Commissioned for Television
Jennifer Barnes

The conventions of television and their impact on composer and opera are discussed, with particular reference to Amahl and the Night Visitors, Owen Wingrave, and The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit.

9780851159126 | Hardback | Boydell Press | Music

   

The Operas of Benjamin Britten
Expression & Evasion
Claire Seymour

This controversial analysis of Britten's operatic works demonstrates how he used music to explore his most private concerns.

9781843833147 | Paperback | Boydell Press | Music

   

The Turn of the Screw
Visual Responses to Britten's Opera
Introduction by Jane Mackay | Andrew Plant & James Bowman

These 33 paintings by acclaimed artist Jane Mackay are a visual reaction to Britten's opera, accompanied by an introduction and commentary by musicologist Andrew Plant.

9780955547409 | Hardback | Sounding Art Press | Music