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Britten became riends with which came in handy when he wanted permission to turn Death in Venice into an opera Leonard Bernstein thought it was a mad house and Louis MacNeice said it was exactly what was to be expected rom such a group of bohemian individuals Whilst all the mayhem was going on Britten spent much of his time tinkering on the piano and writing stuff This is a Torrent of Portyngale: Re-Edited from the Unique Ms. in the Chetham Library, Manchester (Classic Reprint) fascinating biography well worth reading I came to this book after reading about Wilfred Owen and that Britten s use of Owen s poetry in the War Reuiem was one of the things that made Owen a household name Britten had always been a part of my life in thatrom childhood I Listened To His Records Saw Pears Sing to his records saw Pears sing Grimes and saw the War Reuiem performed in the new Coventry Cathedral Later I lived in Essex and Suffolk and I met many people who had had contact with Britten in one way or another and heard him give a song recital with Peter Pears at Essex UniversityFirstly one think about this biography is that the writer is a musician and the detailed discussion of Britten s major works is very illuminating and will be an invaluable reference to them The Pocket Mommy for anyone who wants to listenurther Britten s music is never simple there are often sub texts in the circumstances surrounding any particular piece For example of the Britten that I know which is only a small part of his ouevre I most love his settings of the Holy Sonnets of John Donne and it s illuminating to discover that they were the irst things he composed in a high ever after travelling with Menuhin to perform As If Being 12 3/4 Isnt Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! for victims of the newly liberated Belsen concentration camp an experience that continued to haunt himor the rest of his life At the time I went to University Britten was already an establishment igure wealthy and loaded with gongs so it was a surprise to read that in 1940 he lived with Pears in a brownstone in Brooklyn which he shared with such bohemian igures as WH Auden and Chester Kallman Paul and Sally Bowles where characters like Leonard Bernstein Kurt Weill and Salvador Dali would come and go and which was nicknamed February House by no less a Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos figure than Anais Nin I had known that in his youth Britten collaborated with Auden and Randall Swingler but I had not realized what a profound influence Auden had on him Words were obviously of critical importance to Britten and almost all his important works revolved around settings of words and it is clearrom this biography that the reason was Britten s passionate hatred of war and deep unease about economic ineualities reuired words to put across He was of course attacked The Last of the Tribe from the rightor his pacifism and support of the Peace Pledge Union and rom the left later or his willingness to lunch with the royals and take holidays with Princess Margaret of Hesse but one never gets the The Book of Air feeling that he became right wing as he got older even less that he put his blinkers on and became intellectually complacent He seems to have been someone who livedrom irst to last with his eyes open so that late in his life he confided to Sidney Nolan that he thought western civilization was in crisis and the result would be tragic Altogether then my impression of Britten remains that he like Owen represents the best of England really the best we had to offer He may have upset the left and the right at various times but he was always a high minded man alert to the happenings in the culture rom which he had sprung The act that he may have been prickly on occasions seems irrelevant really when you look at his output and the pressures on him one riend said that music simply poured out of him He was always active building bridges promoting his musical values As The Seduction of Miranda Prosper for his sex life what I took mostrom the book was the The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy feeling that a really solid marriage is the thing that allows creative people thereedom to get sex out of the way and concentrate on the things that matter What kind of marriage it was seems private and irrelevent This suffers rom an illness common to biographies Biographers think that their topic is inherently ascinating so they don t even try to make it so Edit my riends edit lists of dates and names just make readers want to cry I own both the Humphrey Carpenter biography and now the Kildea biography of Britten I wouldn t be without either one Kildea has the advantage of added documentation being available or his research Kildea s biography provides information on the artistic life and organizations within which and or whom Britten composed and performed Carpenter s biography leans towards a psychological study of Britten and his relationships Both are compelling readin. Ldeburgh Festival and the building of Snape Maltings but also how costly the determination that this reuired wasAbove all this book helps us understand the relationship of Britten's music to his life and takes us as ar into his creative process as we are ever likely to go Kildea reads dozens of Britten's works with enormous intelligence and sensitivity in a way which those without ormal musical training can understand It is one of the most moving and enjoyable biographies of a creative artist of any kind to have appeared or years. Iography In act the Britten that is on show here Doesn T Come Across As A Particularly As A Particularly Or Admirable t come across as a particularly nice or admirable though I must say I ended up with sympathy or him by the end than I had about halfway through I think most of all the book will drive people to the music Well at least people like me who don t know the music very well The critiues offered of the music are the most compelling aspect of the story and it is very tempting to sit down with the music and use Kildea s comments as a way inAnyway great stuff This is an excellent and very readable biography of one of the great British composers Britten is still something of an enigma And Contradiction A Difficult Subject Just As contradiction a difficult subject just as could be difficult in real life uintessentially English he seemed to be part of the establishment yet he was hated by many parts of the establishment He was a pacifist and totally anti war spending the irst two years of the war in the US He was gay and made no pretence of heterosexuality by getting married like many of his contemporaries He lived with his partner Peter Pears also Britten s muse the voice or whom he wrote his greatest works rom 1937 until Britten s death in 1976 The relationship was turbulent at times they were apart a good deal when Pears was on tour with operatic companies They always ell out on the telephone and made up by letter The relationship survived and Britten died in Pears armsKildea works through Britten s life in a systematic way charting his great and minor works and their origins in clearly and informatively He points out that Britten was often slated by the critics often because he was too innovative but also because he was not initially perceived to be part of the music establishment and he was gay Kildea also assesses and he is competent to do so those of Britten s works which are weaker Peter Grimes is clearly a magnificent opera powerful tragic and steeped in the land and sea of Suffolk where Britten lived Come to think of it most of Britten s major operas have a tragic turn Billy Budd based on the Melville short story War Reuiem based on Owen s poems The Turn of the Screw Owen Wingrave and Death in Venice Death in Venice has been read and discussed much on GR recently and it had slipped my mind that Britten had set it to music at about the same time as the Visconti The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse film I suddenlyeel I would like to get hold of a copy and see what he made of it Peter Pears was of course the key to much of Britten s music having one of the great operatic voices of the twentieth century Not the strongest tenor but Britten always said that Pears had a better sense of the music and the eeling it reuired than anyone else he worked with And of course they were partners It was no secret and was accepted by their inner circle of riends It has to be remembered that Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: for theirst 30 years of their relationship homosexuality was not legal and periodically well known actors musicians etc were entrapped by the police Britten had some influential riends and had been made a Companion of Honour but there was a reaction Other composers like William Walton were resentful and believed there was a homosexual conspiracy in music In 19523 Sir David Maxwell Fyfe the Home Secretary launched a Mccarthyite witch hunt against gay men sending out young police constables to entrap men dubbed the pretty police Alan Turing the mathematical genius who helped to break the Nazi enigma code was one of those caught he later committed suicide probably The tabloid press were on board especially the Daily Express Britten was also interviewed by the police sadly no records exist However at this time Britten was writing an opera to celebrate the accession of ueen Elizabeth and maybe his response can be inferred by his actions at this time The opera had a gay composer Britten and of course a gay tenor as Essex Pears It also had a gay librettist director conductor choreographer producer and a gay interior designer It was also based on a book by a gay writer This was seen as deliberately provocative and the opera was panned by the critics What the ueen thought is not recorded however Britten remained on riendly terms with the royal The Essential Library for New Moms 4-Book Bundle: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child; The Baby Food Bible; Infant Massage; Colic Solved family and they commissionedurther works The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Largeand Small from him Kildea doesn t think Britten was on a crusade and he is probably right but there is a sense of giving the music establishment tabloid press and government theinger Britten was in America in 1940 and lived or a year in a house in Brooklyn which he shared with W H Auden Pears Carson McCullers Paul and Jane Bowles and the iction editor of Harper s Bazaar George Davis Others moved in and out staying or a while Gypsy Rose Lee I kid you not Anais Nin Kurt Weill Salvador Dali and his wife. Arrying two disadvantages to worldly success his passionately held pacifism which made him suspect to the authorities during and immediately after the Second World War and his homosexuality specifically his orty year relationship with Peter Pears NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC for whom many of his greatest operatic roles and vocal works were created The atmosphere and personalities of Aldeburgh in his native Suffolk alsoorm another wonderful dimension to the book Kildea shows clearly how Britten made this creative community notably with the oundation of the From BBC Radio 4 Book of the WeekBiography "of the english composer by paul kildea biographies " the English composer by Paul Kildea Biographies not one of my usual genres but I love Kildea Biographies are not one of my usual genres but I love s music A number of years ago I picked up a biography of him at a bookstore but was very disappointed in browsing through it because the The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 focus seemed to be too much on his sex life He and Pears were togetheror some orty years and so many of Britten s great works were written with that voice in his mind s ear as he wrote and all you want to write about is WHO CHEATED ON WHOM WITH WHOM cheated on whom with whom contrast Kildea s book is ascinating informative and wonderfully well written His descriptions and opinions on Britten s works are invaluable Page 425 They gave press conferences asked the difference between The Rape of Lucretia and TheTurn of the Screw by a keen reporter he mischievously replied the notes are the same but they are in a different orderPage 430Alma Mahler 17 years later in response to Britten s reuest to dedicate Nocturne to her she telegraphed the composer my happiness is enormous I cannot کاروان امید: سرگذشت تری فاکس feel or think of anything else my deepest thanks Page 370Heilled his The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... fountain pen with black ink so the score could be easily photographed apologizing to various correspondentsor contravening the etiuette that restricted this color to condolence lettersPage 406Normally Britten responded to such letters in one of two ways I think this is my best piece yet he would say to his intimate Tempting Faith Di Napoli friends Or to those outside the circle he might say one is alwaysondest of one s youngest child Blurb Paul Kildea s major biography of the twentieth century composer Benjamin Britten is published in the year that marks his centenaryIn this vivid portrait of the composer Paul Kildea explores the private and creative life of the man who composed operas that have entered the popular consciousness as well as the musical canon These include Peter Grimes Billy Budd and The Turn of the Screw Kildea also explores his orty year complex relationship with Peter Pears or whom Britten created an array of operatic and vocal roles Kildea brings his experience as a conductor who has performed many of Britten s works to bear in his insightful interpretation of the composer s music Radio 3 will be marking Britten s Centenary across the year including broadcasts of all his operasRead by Alex Jennings who is well known to Radio 4 audiences and has appeared in many The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way films and television dramas He is currently appearing at the National Theatre in Hymn by Alan Bennett In 2009 he played Benjamin Britten in The Habit of Art also by Alan BennettAbridged by Richard HamiltonProduced by Elizabeth AllardTalk about serendipityAm just aew pages into February Houseand last week we were discussing the operatic version of Boris GodunovSING ALONG And now ladies and gentlemen without urther adoIt is indeed a great pleasure to introduce to youHeld over three weeks and gettin rave reviewsHere s Benjy the Britten the King of the skewedShooby doo wop wop wop yeahShooby doo wop wop wop wowShooby doo wop wop wopLet me hear it how bout thatShooby doo wop wop wopShooby doo wop wop wop yeahShooby doo wop wop wop wellYes BBC R4 BOTWGrade AAuden and Britten Nightmail Dances rom Gloriana in Venice biography is all encompassing and I was enthralled it is such a shame that Britten s music does not thrill me at all This was a complete chance purchase seen at the top of a pile of books in my local charity shop And what a wonderful discovery it turned out to be The Confident Woman: How to Take Charge and Recharge Your Life for me personally that is I ve not been a hugean of Britten and after checking my stores ound I had only six CDs of his work and not the biggest pieces like Peter Grimes but some I love However one doesn t need to be intimate with the music works to enjoy this biographyMy personal joy was to ollow him rom childhood onward in England specifically in all the places I know so well rom Lowestoft Aldeborough Flatford Mill Ipswich Cambridge Friends House in Euston Road and so orth His political and moral stands against war ineuality amine all spoke to my condition And so many of my The Way of Women favourite singers and musicians appeared along the way along with aew other heroes His personal life is so intriguing his relationships his contacts his endeavours to build a music community are all so impressiveI rarely read non iction and even rarer or me to read biographies but this one touched my heart and soul Very highly recommended Does a really brilliant job of living up to the promise of the subtitle that is of situating Britten s life amongst the composers and other artists of the twentieth century It is also excellent at creating a portrait of a composer the author obviously admires without descending into hag. In the eyes of many Benjamin Britten was our The Dream of Water: A Memoir finest composer since Purcell aigure who often inspired him three hundred years earlier He broke decisively with the romantic nationalist school of The Bravest Cat! figures such as Parry Elgar and Vaughan Williams and recreated English music in aresh modern European The Slammer: The Crisis In Canada's Prison System form With Peter Grimes 1945 Billy Budd 1951 and The Turn of the Screw 1954 he arguably composed the last operasrom any composer in any country which have entered both the popular consciousness and the musical canonHe did all this while Benjamin Britten