Benjamin Britten: The Spiritual Dimension (Oxford Studies in by Graham Elliott PDF

By Graham Elliott

The significance of "the issues religious" in Britten's paintings has lengthy been overlooked. In his e-book Graham Elliott examines this value in his research of the composer's selection and therapy of topics, and his use of musical influences-- specially plainsong--which have a right away organization with spirituality.

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It was also a school where 4 Blyth, Remembering Britten, 23. 5 Headington, Peter Pears, 127. 6 Ibid. 4. 7 In his public school, Lancing College, Pears was infinitely more fortunate than Britten in being part of a liberal religious foundation. 8 If mutual experiences of bullying and boorishness at school are common to both Britten and Pears, it is interesting to speculate whether the fact that for Britten these came in early adolescence may have been influential in his lifelong yearning for boyhood and innocence.

Walton turning up, and to hear that he liked R. , because he doesn’t 13 14 15 Letter from Britten to Walter Hussey, 26 May 1943. Mitchell and Reed, Letters, 1159–60. Letter from Britten to Walter Hussey, 26 September 1943. Two Churchmen 19 make a secret that he doesn’t like my later pieces! ’17 In the same card he mentions the completion of a new liturgical work for St Mark’s, Swindon, the Festival Te Deum. ‘I have just done a Te Deum for Swindon, which I think might interest you! ’18 The card also offers some insights into Britten’s religious interests at that time.

Letter from Britten to Walter Hussey, 26 September 1943. Two Churchmen 19 make a secret that he doesn’t like my later pieces! ’17 In the same card he mentions the completion of a new liturgical work for St Mark’s, Swindon, the Festival Te Deum. ‘I have just done a Te Deum for Swindon, which I think might interest you! ’18 The card also offers some insights into Britten’s religious interests at that time. ’19 It was natural that Walter Hussey should attempt to commission more music from Britten; other projects were certainly discussed but never reached fruition.

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