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NEW TITLES

NEW TITLES Britten in Pictures Edited by LUCY WALKER

LETTERS FROM A LIFE is more than just an edition of

LETTERS FROM A LIFE

Britten in Pictures celebrates the many facets of Britten’s life in a major new photographic treatment timed to coincide with the composer’s centenary in 2013. Using the wealth of images housed in the collections of The Britten–Pears Foundation at Aldeburgh, the book charts the curve of Britten’s life, using a selection of rare and previously unpublished images to reveal him anew in all phases of his career, catching a multitude of informal glimpses of the man ‘behind the scenes’ at work and play as well as in more familiar formal settings. The result is a new and often surprising portrait of this major musical genius.

letters; it is a vast Britten compendium ... there can be no question that it is vastly more successful as biography than the straight ... works on Britten have been. YA L E R EV I EW

The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten Volume Six 1966 –1976 Edited by Philip Reed & Mervyn Cooke

One of the most illuminating biographical projects in recent years. P E T E R AC K R OY D

The splendid and extensive editorial annotations ... are such a significant feature of these volumes ... the reading experience is consistently both enthralling and entertaining.

$34.95/£19.99 sEptEmBER 2012 978 1 84383 749 7 80 COlOuR & 320 B/w illus.; 288pp, 22 x 22, pB BOydEll pREss

NEW

B R I T I SH M U SIC S O C I E T Y

NEW

Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913–1976

Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913–1976

Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913–1976

VO LUM E SI X : 1 9 6 6 – 1 9 7 6

VO LUM E F I V E : 1 9 5 8 – 1 9 6 5

VO LUM E F OU R : 1 9 5 2 – 1 9 5 7

Edited by PHILIP REED & MERVYN COOKE

Edited by PHILIP REED & MERVYN COOKE

The sixth and final volume of correspondence covers the composer’s last decade. The genesis, composition and premieres of major stage works such as Owen Wingrave, commissioned by BBC Television, and Death in Venice are fully documented, as are the church parables, The Burning Fiery Furnace and The Prodigal Son. Important concert works from this period include the powerful Brecht setting, Children’s Crusade, Canticles IV and V (both settings of poetry by T. S. Eliot), Phaedra (for Janet Baker) and the Third String Quartet, with its haunting echoes of Death in Venice. The volume also traces the conversion of Snape Maltings into the Aldeburgh Festival’s principal concert venue and significant correspondents include the Queen and Queen Mother, William Plomer, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitri Shostakovich and William Walton.

This volume covers the two major operatic works A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the ground-breaking Curlew River, and his pacifist choral masterpiece, War Requiem. It also charts Britten and Pears’s visits to Moscow, Leningrad and Armenia in detail. Correspondents include Edith Sitwell, E. M. Forster, Christopher Isherwood, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitri Shostakovich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, as well as Peter Pears.

Edited by PHILIP REED, MERVYN COOKE & DONALD MITCHELL

$80.00/£45.00 nOVEmBER 2012 978 1 84383 725 1 50 B/w illus.; 832pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB sElECtEd lEttERs Of BRittEn l BOydEll pREss

$80.00/£45.00 OCtOBER 2010 978 1 84383 591 2 55 B/w illus.; 830pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB sElECtEd lEttERs Of BRittEn l BOydEll pREss

Volume Four covers the Coronation opera Gloriana, the chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, and the full-length ballet The Prince of the Pagodas. Correspondents include librettists William Plomer (Gloriana) and Myfanwy Piper (The Turn of the Screw), and friends and collaborators such as Imogen Holst, Francis Poulenc, Lennox Berkeley, the Earl of Harewood and Peter Pears. $80.00/£45.00 may 2008 978 1 84383 382 6 57 B/w illus.; 676pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB sElECtEd lEttERs Of BRittEn l BOydEll pREss

LETTERS FROM A LIFE The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten Volume Five 1958–1965 Edited by Philip Reed & Mervyn Cooke

THE SELECTED LETTERS OF BRITTEN aRE puBlishEd in assOCiatiOn with thE BRittEn–pEaRs fOundatiOn.

COVER: BEnjamin BRittEn COnduCting ORChEstRa with BatOn at a REhEaRsal in thE maltings, snapE, suffOlk, junE 1967. BRian sEEd / lEBRECht musiC & aRts.

puBlishEd in assOCiatiOn with thE BRittEn–pEaRs fOundatiOn.


NEW TITLES

NEW TITLES Britten in Pictures Edited by LUCY WALKER

LETTERS FROM A LIFE is more than just an edition of

LETTERS FROM A LIFE

Britten in Pictures celebrates the many facets of Britten’s life in a major new photographic treatment timed to coincide with the composer’s centenary in 2013. Using the wealth of images housed in the collections of The Britten–Pears Foundation at Aldeburgh, the book charts the curve of Britten’s life, using a selection of rare and previously unpublished images to reveal him anew in all phases of his career, catching a multitude of informal glimpses of the man ‘behind the scenes’ at work and play as well as in more familiar formal settings. The result is a new and often surprising portrait of this major musical genius.

letters; it is a vast Britten compendium ... there can be no question that it is vastly more successful as biography than the straight ... works on Britten have been. YA L E R EV I EW

The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten Volume Six 1966 –1976 Edited by Philip Reed & Mervyn Cooke

One of the most illuminating biographical projects in recent years. P E T E R AC K R OY D

The splendid and extensive editorial annotations ... are such a significant feature of these volumes ... the reading experience is consistently both enthralling and entertaining.

$34.95/£19.99 sEptEmBER 2012 978 1 84383 749 7 80 COlOuR & 320 B/w illus.; 288pp, 22 x 22, pB BOydEll pREss

NEW

B R I T I SH M U SIC S O C I E T Y

NEW

Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913–1976

Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913–1976

Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913–1976

VO LUM E SI X : 1 9 6 6 – 1 9 7 6

VO LUM E F I V E : 1 9 5 8 – 1 9 6 5

VO LUM E F OU R : 1 9 5 2 – 1 9 5 7

Edited by PHILIP REED & MERVYN COOKE

Edited by PHILIP REED & MERVYN COOKE

The sixth and final volume of correspondence covers the composer’s last decade. The genesis, composition and premieres of major stage works such as Owen Wingrave, commissioned by BBC Television, and Death in Venice are fully documented, as are the church parables, The Burning Fiery Furnace and The Prodigal Son. Important concert works from this period include the powerful Brecht setting, Children’s Crusade, Canticles IV and V (both settings of poetry by T. S. Eliot), Phaedra (for Janet Baker) and the Third String Quartet, with its haunting echoes of Death in Venice. The volume also traces the conversion of Snape Maltings into the Aldeburgh Festival’s principal concert venue and significant correspondents include the Queen and Queen Mother, William Plomer, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitri Shostakovich and William Walton.

This volume covers the two major operatic works A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the ground-breaking Curlew River, and his pacifist choral masterpiece, War Requiem. It also charts Britten and Pears’s visits to Moscow, Leningrad and Armenia in detail. Correspondents include Edith Sitwell, E. M. Forster, Christopher Isherwood, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitri Shostakovich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, as well as Peter Pears.

Edited by PHILIP REED, MERVYN COOKE & DONALD MITCHELL

$80.00/£45.00 nOVEmBER 2012 978 1 84383 725 1 50 B/w illus.; 832pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB sElECtEd lEttERs Of BRittEn l BOydEll pREss

$80.00/£45.00 OCtOBER 2010 978 1 84383 591 2 55 B/w illus.; 830pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB sElECtEd lEttERs Of BRittEn l BOydEll pREss

Volume Four covers the Coronation opera Gloriana, the chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, and the full-length ballet The Prince of the Pagodas. Correspondents include librettists William Plomer (Gloriana) and Myfanwy Piper (The Turn of the Screw), and friends and collaborators such as Imogen Holst, Francis Poulenc, Lennox Berkeley, the Earl of Harewood and Peter Pears. $80.00/£45.00 may 2008 978 1 84383 382 6 57 B/w illus.; 676pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB sElECtEd lEttERs Of BRittEn l BOydEll pREss

LETTERS FROM A LIFE The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten Volume Five 1958–1965 Edited by Philip Reed & Mervyn Cooke

THE SELECTED LETTERS OF BRITTEN aRE puBlishEd in assOCiatiOn with thE BRittEn–pEaRs fOundatiOn.

COVER: BEnjamin BRittEn COnduCting ORChEstRa with BatOn at a REhEaRsal in thE maltings, snapE, suffOlk, junE 1967. BRian sEEd / lEBRECht musiC & aRts.

puBlishEd in assOCiatiOn with thE BRittEn–pEaRs fOundatiOn.


NEW TITLES Britten: ‘The Musical Character’ and Other Writings HANS KELLER Edited by CHRISTOPHER WINTLE

It was hearing an early performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes that turned the young emigré writer and musician Hans Keller from psychology to music. Thereafter he became the composer’s most fervent advocate, devoting to him a whole issue of ‘Music Survey’ (the journal he edited with Donald Mitchell) and the first comprehensive book on his music (again edited with Mitchell). This new volume is a selection of the best of his writings; it also includes a study of the extensive correspondence between Britten and Keller (most of it hitherto unknown), a reprint of the handbooks on The Rape of Lucretia and Albert Herring (long out-of-print). Illustrated with drawings by Milein Cosman.

NEW

Making Musicians A Personal History of the Britten–Pears School MOIRA BENNETT

Moira Bennett worked at the Britten–Pears School in its hectic heyday in the 1980s. She charts its forty-year history, embodying its founders’ initial vision of a bridge between conservatory and career for gifted young musicians. Some of the most eminent teachers from Europe, the United States and beyond have come to teach at Snape. These

O F R E L AT E D INTEREST

include founder-director Peter Pears, Hans Hotter, Joan Sutherland, Galina Vishnevskaya, Jacqueline du Pré, Mitsuko Uchida, Mstislav Rostropovich, Ton Koopman, and members of the Amadeus Quartet. This authoritative and anecdotal historical survey of the work of the School is generously illustrated and studded with quotations from many faculty members and former students.

aVailaBlE in: pB: $29.95/£17.99, 978 0 95660 075 2, apRil 2013 hB: $70.00/£40.00, 978 0 95660 074 5, apRil 2013 24 x 16.5 hans kEllER aRChiVE l plumBagO BOOks

$24.95/£14.99 may 2012 978 0 95716 720 9 120 B/w illus.; 224pp, 17 x 24, pB BittERn pREss

Imogen Holst: A Life in Music

New Aldeburgh Anthology

REVISED EDITION

Compiled by ARIANE BANKES & JONATHAN REEKIE

Edited by CHRISTOPHER GROGAN

Imogen Holst was one of the most wide-ranging and highly regarded of musicians and worked as Benjamin Britten’s assistant and artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival for decades. She was popular with all who knew her, but was intensively protective of her inner life, reminding one friend of a ‘locked door of which she had thrown away the key’. An encounter with a true original ... Grogan has put together an excellent critical biography. T L S $34.95/£19.99 OCtOBER 2010 978 1 84383 599 8 2 COlOuR & 52 B/w illus.; 522pp, 23.4 x 15.6, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

Britten and Pears’ Aldeburgh Festival lies at the heart of the The New Aldeburgh Anthology. Their legacy is re-examined by musicians such as Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis and Roger Vignoles. Poets such as Andrew Motion, Blake Morrison, Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lavinia Greenlaw have all been inspired by Aldeburgh’s bright yet haunting atmosphere. George Ewart Evans, W.G. Sebald and Richard Mabey are among those who respond to the power of the landscape, others to the spell of the sea. The long-term survival and eventual rejuvenation of Aldeburgh as a musical nerve centre post-Britten has ... been a triumph of creativity over adversity and this anthology gradually and magically tells exactly how and why. G R A M O P HO N E aVailaBlE in: pB: $24.95/£14.99, 978 1 84383 588 2, apRil 2010 hB: $60.00/£35.00, 978 1 84383 439 7, apRil 2009 20 COlOuR & 32 B/w illus.; 376pp, 23.4 x 15.6, pB BOydEll pREss

BEnjamin BRittEn with maRgaREt RitChiE and anna pOllaCk at glyndEBOuRnE, junE – july 1946. COuRtEsy Of thE BRittEn–pEaRs fOundatiOn.

NEW

puBlishEd in assOCiatiOn with aldEBuRgh musiC

Visit aldeburgh for a programme of events celebrating the Centenary of Benjamin Britten (1913–1976), and experience the true spirit of one of the greatest musical minds the uk has produced. www.aldeburgh.co.uk


NEW TITLES Britten: ‘The Musical Character’ and Other Writings HANS KELLER Edited by CHRISTOPHER WINTLE

It was hearing an early performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes that turned the young emigré writer and musician Hans Keller from psychology to music. Thereafter he became the composer’s most fervent advocate, devoting to him a whole issue of ‘Music Survey’ (the journal he edited with Donald Mitchell) and the first comprehensive book on his music (again edited with Mitchell). This new volume is a selection of the best of his writings; it also includes a study of the extensive correspondence between Britten and Keller (most of it hitherto unknown), a reprint of the handbooks on The Rape of Lucretia and Albert Herring (long out-of-print). Illustrated with drawings by Milein Cosman.

NEW

Making Musicians A Personal History of the Britten–Pears School MOIRA BENNETT

Moira Bennett worked at the Britten–Pears School in its hectic heyday in the 1980s. She charts its forty-year history, embodying its founders’ initial vision of a bridge between conservatory and career for gifted young musicians. Some of the most eminent teachers from Europe, the United States and beyond have come to teach at Snape. These

O F R E L AT E D INTEREST

include founder-director Peter Pears, Hans Hotter, Joan Sutherland, Galina Vishnevskaya, Jacqueline du Pré, Mitsuko Uchida, Mstislav Rostropovich, Ton Koopman, and members of the Amadeus Quartet. This authoritative and anecdotal historical survey of the work of the School is generously illustrated and studded with quotations from many faculty members and former students.

aVailaBlE in: pB: $29.95/£17.99, 978 0 95660 075 2, apRil 2013 hB: $70.00/£40.00, 978 0 95660 074 5, apRil 2013 24 x 16.5 hans kEllER aRChiVE l plumBagO BOOks

$24.95/£14.99 may 2012 978 0 95716 720 9 120 B/w illus.; 224pp, 17 x 24, pB BittERn pREss

Imogen Holst: A Life in Music

New Aldeburgh Anthology

REVISED EDITION

Compiled by ARIANE BANKES & JONATHAN REEKIE

Edited by CHRISTOPHER GROGAN

Imogen Holst was one of the most wide-ranging and highly regarded of musicians and worked as Benjamin Britten’s assistant and artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival for decades. She was popular with all who knew her, but was intensively protective of her inner life, reminding one friend of a ‘locked door of which she had thrown away the key’. An encounter with a true original ... Grogan has put together an excellent critical biography. T L S $34.95/£19.99 OCtOBER 2010 978 1 84383 599 8 2 COlOuR & 52 B/w illus.; 522pp, 23.4 x 15.6, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

Britten and Pears’ Aldeburgh Festival lies at the heart of the The New Aldeburgh Anthology. Their legacy is re-examined by musicians such as Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis and Roger Vignoles. Poets such as Andrew Motion, Blake Morrison, Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lavinia Greenlaw have all been inspired by Aldeburgh’s bright yet haunting atmosphere. George Ewart Evans, W.G. Sebald and Richard Mabey are among those who respond to the power of the landscape, others to the spell of the sea. The long-term survival and eventual rejuvenation of Aldeburgh as a musical nerve centre post-Britten has ... been a triumph of creativity over adversity and this anthology gradually and magically tells exactly how and why. G R A M O P HO N E aVailaBlE in: pB: $24.95/£14.99, 978 1 84383 588 2, apRil 2010 hB: $60.00/£35.00, 978 1 84383 439 7, apRil 2009 20 COlOuR & 32 B/w illus.; 376pp, 23.4 x 15.6, pB BOydEll pREss

BEnjamin BRittEn with maRgaREt RitChiE and anna pOllaCk at glyndEBOuRnE, junE – july 1946. COuRtEsy Of thE BRittEn–pEaRs fOundatiOn.

NEW

puBlishEd in assOCiatiOn with aldEBuRgh musiC

Visit aldeburgh for a programme of events celebrating the Centenary of Benjamin Britten (1913–1976), and experience the true spirit of one of the greatest musical minds the uk has produced. www.aldeburgh.co.uk


BACKLIST

BACKLIST Benjamin Britten New Perspectives on His Life and Work

P

Peter PEARS

Edited by LUCY WALKER

T R AV E L D I A R I E S

This essay collection engages with Britten’s juvenilia and other orchestral works from the 1920s and examines a broad range of influences, including the works of Shostakovich and Verdi. Other pieces look at Owen Wingrave through a close study of Piper’s libretto and a libretto written by Australian novelist Patrick White with the hope of a future collaboration.

1936–1978

EDITED BY PHILIP REED

G NEW IN PB

Walker’s book ... paves the way to a freer, more balanced view of the man and musician. C L A S SIC A L M U SIC $90.00/£50.00 nOVEmBER 2009 978 1 84383 516 5 8 B/w illus.; 205pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

BRITTEN’s

Gloriana E SSAY S A N D SO U RC E S EDITED BY PAUL BANKS

Britten’s Gloriana

Britten and the Far East

Essays and Sources

Asian Influences in the Music of Benjamin Britten

Edited by PAUL BANKS

Britten’s Gloriana has been a source of controversy since its première as part of the Coronation celebrations in 1953. It was planned as a national opera of broad appeal, but the opera failed to establish itself in the repertoire until a new production in 1966 revealed it to be a powerful and stageworthy work. This volume explores the opera’s cultural background, the early stages of its creative evolution, the first critical responses, and various other aspects of the work. A rounded critical and historical study ... an indispensable resource for future Britten studies. M U SIC & L E T T E R S

MERVYN COOKE

Benjamin Britten’s interest in the musical traditions of the Far East had a far-reaching influence on his compositional style; this book is the first to investigate the highly original cross-cultural synthesis he was able to achieve through the use of material borrowed from Balinese, Japanese and Indian music. Accompanying CD of original Balinese, Japanese and Indian recordings. $45.00/£25.00 may 2001 978 0 85115 830 3 9 B/w illus.; 299pp, 23.4 x 15.6, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

Britten and Auden in the Thirties: The Year 1936

On Mahler and Britten Essays in Honour of Donald Mitchell on his Seventieth Birthday

DONALD MITCHELL Foreword by ALAN HOLLINGHURST

Edited by PHILIP REED

Britten’s settings of early Auden, Our Hunting Fathers and On this Island, were his first important songs to English texts. Britten’s diaries reveal detail of the two men’s relationship, of their work together, and of the reflection within that work of political ideas current at the time.

This Festschrift assembles essays on Mahler and Britten, the two composers closest to Mitchell’s heart, producing a volume which reflects some of the latest thinking on this pair of remarkable figures in the music of our century and pays tribute to the impact of Mitchell’s own work on these composers over the last fifty years.

$34.95/£19.99 junE 2000 978 0 85115 790 0 6 B/w illus.; 190pp, 21.5 x 13.8, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

$34.95/£19.99 junE 1998 978 0 85115 614 9 374pp, 23.4 x 15.3, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

The Travel Diaries of Peter Pears, 1936 –1978 PETER PEARS Edited by PHILIP REED

This volume brings together all the travel diaries of Sir Peter Pears (1910–1986), principal interpreter of Britten’s works. Pears accompanied Britten on many of his trips and the record of their tour of the Far East in 1955 is of special interest. A valuable source of material on the musical development of both Pears and Benjamin Britten ... a ‘must’ for those interested in either. O P E R A J OU R NA L $34.95/£19.99 junE 2099 978 0 85115 741 2 34 B/w illus.; 278pp, 23.4 x 15.6, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

$34.94/£19.99 july 2012 978 1 84383 797 8 206pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

All the Gods

Expression and Evasion

Benjamin Britten’s Night-piece in Context

CLAIRE SEYMOUR

CHRISTOPHER WINTLE

This book is devoted to Night-piece (Notturno), written for the first Leeds International Pianoforte Competition of 1963. It addresses the work from many points of view: historical, documentary, analytical, formal, kinetic, hermeneutical, and affective. Includes a wide range of illustrated allusions to other music, a full set of sketches, the printed score and arrays of modes and voice-leading graphs.

A wide variety of ideas within two covers.

[A] major contribution to Britten studies, but its rich ideas have resonance far beyond this field. M U SIC & L E T T E R S

G R A M O P HO N E $34.95/£19.99 may 2007 978 1 84383 314 7 368pp, 23.4 x 15.6, pB BOydEll pREss

aVailaBlE in: pB: $39.95/£19.99, 978 0 95560 879 7, OCtOBER 2012 hB: $60.00/£35.00, 9780954012380, sEptEmBER 2006 3 B/w illus.; 136pp, 24.4 x 17.2, pB pOEtiCs Of musiC l plumBagO BOOks

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A he G od s Allll tthe Gods C hristopher Wintle Wintle Christopher S

NEW IN PB

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JJulian ulian Littlewood Littlewood

WINNER OF THE SUE THOMSON F O U N D AT I O N P U B L I S H I N G AWA R D FOR 2006

Writings, Letters and Interviews Edited by PETER DICKINSON

B en njamin B ritten’s N ight- piece in in Context Context Benjamin Britten’ Night-piece

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These analyses of Britten’s operas from Paul Bunyan to Death in Venice, the three Church Parables, and several of the ‘children’s operas’ offer evidence that, for Britten, opera was the natural medium through which to explore, express and, paradoxically, repress his private concerns.

Lennox Berkeley and Friends

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The Operas of Benjamin Britten

Writings, Letters and Interviews EDITED BY PETER DICKINSON

Lennox Berkeley and friends NEW

Berkeley was an elegant writer and it is fascinating to read his first-hand memories of composers such as Ravel, Poulenc, Stravinsky and Britten. The book also contains interviews with Berkeley's colleagues, friends and family. These include performers such as Julian Bream and Norman Del Mar; composers Nicholas Maw and Malcolm Williamson; the composer's eldest son Michael, the composer and broadcaster, and Lady Berkeley. Lennox Berkeley knew Britten well and there are many references to him in this collection. $80.00/£45.00 OCtOBER 2012 978 1 84383 785 5 32 B/w illus.; 352pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB BOydEll pREss


BACKLIST

BACKLIST Benjamin Britten New Perspectives on His Life and Work

P

Peter PEARS

Edited by LUCY WALKER

T R AV E L D I A R I E S

This essay collection engages with Britten’s juvenilia and other orchestral works from the 1920s and examines a broad range of influences, including the works of Shostakovich and Verdi. Other pieces look at Owen Wingrave through a close study of Piper’s libretto and a libretto written by Australian novelist Patrick White with the hope of a future collaboration.

1936–1978

EDITED BY PHILIP REED

G NEW IN PB

Walker’s book ... paves the way to a freer, more balanced view of the man and musician. C L A S SIC A L M U SIC $90.00/£50.00 nOVEmBER 2009 978 1 84383 516 5 8 B/w illus.; 205pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

BRITTEN’s

Gloriana E SSAY S A N D SO U RC E S EDITED BY PAUL BANKS

Britten’s Gloriana

Britten and the Far East

Essays and Sources

Asian Influences in the Music of Benjamin Britten

Edited by PAUL BANKS

Britten’s Gloriana has been a source of controversy since its première as part of the Coronation celebrations in 1953. It was planned as a national opera of broad appeal, but the opera failed to establish itself in the repertoire until a new production in 1966 revealed it to be a powerful and stageworthy work. This volume explores the opera’s cultural background, the early stages of its creative evolution, the first critical responses, and various other aspects of the work. A rounded critical and historical study ... an indispensable resource for future Britten studies. M U SIC & L E T T E R S

MERVYN COOKE

Benjamin Britten’s interest in the musical traditions of the Far East had a far-reaching influence on his compositional style; this book is the first to investigate the highly original cross-cultural synthesis he was able to achieve through the use of material borrowed from Balinese, Japanese and Indian music. Accompanying CD of original Balinese, Japanese and Indian recordings. $45.00/£25.00 may 2001 978 0 85115 830 3 9 B/w illus.; 299pp, 23.4 x 15.6, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

Britten and Auden in the Thirties: The Year 1936

On Mahler and Britten Essays in Honour of Donald Mitchell on his Seventieth Birthday

DONALD MITCHELL Foreword by ALAN HOLLINGHURST

Edited by PHILIP REED

Britten’s settings of early Auden, Our Hunting Fathers and On this Island, were his first important songs to English texts. Britten’s diaries reveal detail of the two men’s relationship, of their work together, and of the reflection within that work of political ideas current at the time.

This Festschrift assembles essays on Mahler and Britten, the two composers closest to Mitchell’s heart, producing a volume which reflects some of the latest thinking on this pair of remarkable figures in the music of our century and pays tribute to the impact of Mitchell’s own work on these composers over the last fifty years.

$34.95/£19.99 junE 2000 978 0 85115 790 0 6 B/w illus.; 190pp, 21.5 x 13.8, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

$34.95/£19.99 junE 1998 978 0 85115 614 9 374pp, 23.4 x 15.3, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

The Travel Diaries of Peter Pears, 1936 –1978 PETER PEARS Edited by PHILIP REED

This volume brings together all the travel diaries of Sir Peter Pears (1910–1986), principal interpreter of Britten’s works. Pears accompanied Britten on many of his trips and the record of their tour of the Far East in 1955 is of special interest. A valuable source of material on the musical development of both Pears and Benjamin Britten ... a ‘must’ for those interested in either. O P E R A J OU R NA L $34.95/£19.99 junE 2099 978 0 85115 741 2 34 B/w illus.; 278pp, 23.4 x 15.6, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

$34.94/£19.99 july 2012 978 1 84383 797 8 206pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

All the Gods

Expression and Evasion

Benjamin Britten’s Night-piece in Context

CLAIRE SEYMOUR

CHRISTOPHER WINTLE

This book is devoted to Night-piece (Notturno), written for the first Leeds International Pianoforte Competition of 1963. It addresses the work from many points of view: historical, documentary, analytical, formal, kinetic, hermeneutical, and affective. Includes a wide range of illustrated allusions to other music, a full set of sketches, the printed score and arrays of modes and voice-leading graphs.

A wide variety of ideas within two covers.

[A] major contribution to Britten studies, but its rich ideas have resonance far beyond this field. M U SIC & L E T T E R S

G R A M O P HO N E $34.95/£19.99 may 2007 978 1 84383 314 7 368pp, 23.4 x 15.6, pB BOydEll pREss

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Writings, Letters and Interviews Edited by PETER DICKINSON

B en njamin B ritten’s N ight- piece in in Context Context Benjamin Britten’ Night-piece

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These analyses of Britten’s operas from Paul Bunyan to Death in Venice, the three Church Parables, and several of the ‘children’s operas’ offer evidence that, for Britten, opera was the natural medium through which to explore, express and, paradoxically, repress his private concerns.

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The Operas of Benjamin Britten

Writings, Letters and Interviews EDITED BY PETER DICKINSON

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Berkeley was an elegant writer and it is fascinating to read his first-hand memories of composers such as Ravel, Poulenc, Stravinsky and Britten. The book also contains interviews with Berkeley's colleagues, friends and family. These include performers such as Julian Bream and Norman Del Mar; composers Nicholas Maw and Malcolm Williamson; the composer's eldest son Michael, the composer and broadcaster, and Lady Berkeley. Lennox Berkeley knew Britten well and there are many references to him in this collection. $80.00/£45.00 OCtOBER 2012 978 1 84383 785 5 32 B/w illus.; 352pp, 23.4 x 15.6, hB BOydEll pREss


BACKLIST The Turn of the Screw Visual Responses to Britten’s Opera Images by JANE MACKAY Commentary by ANDREW PLANT Preface by JAMES BOWMAN

Of their adaptation of Henry James’ allusive short story, librettist Myfanwy Piper wrote that she and Britten intended to ‘recreate it for a different medium’. This concept is developed further in Jane Mackay’s 33 paintings: a visual reaction to the music rather than illustrations to particular scenes, occupying a unique position between abstract and figurative art. Musicologist Andrew Plant, formerly of the Britten–Pears Library, provides an introduction and commentary and there is a preface by the distinguished countertenor James Bowman.

JANE MACKAY has broadcast widely on radio and television and has held numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at the Florence Biennale and London’s Wigmore Hall. She is also a choral singer and oboist. $165.00/£95.00 junE 2007 978 0 95554 740 9 33 COlOuR & 3 B/w illus.; 96pp, 27 x 24.5, hB sOunding aRt pREss

Suffolk-born BENJAMIN BRITTEN is the most performed British twentieth-century composer worldwide. November 2013 marks the composer’s centenary and to celebrate there will be performances of his music and exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. As a Suffolk-based publisher we are proud to present our wide range of publications on Britten, including a handful of brand new titles, in this brochure to mark the BRITTEN 100 celebration. All publications listed in this brochure can also be seen on our Britten webpage: www.boydell@brewer.com/ Britten100.asp or just scan this QR code with your mobile phone:

The Making of Peter Grimes 2 VOLUME SET

The Facsimile of Britten’s Composition Draft Edited by PAUL BANKS

Peter Grimes, Britten’s first opera, established his stature as a composer, marked a turning point in the fortunes of English opera, and conquered operatic stages around the world. The single document that reveals most about the work’s creative history is the composition draft in which the composer wrestled with text and music, gradually fashioning the opera into its final version. The colour facsimile of this fascinating manuscript is accompanied by a commentary volume containing a series of essays on the work’s history and its contemporary significance by leading Britten scholars and is illustrated with colour reproductions of some of the original costume designs by Kenneth Green, his portrait of Benjamin Britten, and contemporary black and white photographs. [W]ith something like awe one reads the facsimile, watches a genius’s pencil give ever more precise form to his fiery visions; one marvels as instinct, inspiration and high technique conspire to create a masterpiece. T I M E S L I T E R A RY SU P P L E M E N T

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To see the list of all BRITTEN 100 events in 2012/13 visit the Britten–Pears Foundation website: www.britten100.org

VO LUM E 2 ( N O T E S & C OM M E N TA R I E S ) I S A L S O AVA I L A B L E A S A PA P E R BAC K :

The Making of Peter Grimes: Essays Edited by PAUL BANKS $45.00/£25.00 junE 2000 978 0 85115 791 7 15 COlOuR & 26 B/w illus.; 310pp, 29.7 x 21, pB aldEBuRgh studiEs in musiC l BOydEll pREss

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