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Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, Volume Three, 1946-1951: 1946-1951 v. 3 Hardcover – 21 Jan 2015

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (21 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520242599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520242593
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 5.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,671,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A landmark: these letters and their extensive annotation provide a virtual biography of the most important British composer since Purcell. All those interested in music in the twentieth century must read these volumes, which also provide intriguing snapshots of the recent British past." - Peter Stansky, Stanford University; "This is the composer who turned his paranoia as homosexual and pacifist into the classic 20th-century opera, Peter Grimes. Now at last we have some really new material about that personal experience. It turns out to be even more fascinating than one could have imagined." - Philip Brett, editor of Cambridge Opera Handbook"

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The editors are three of the most distinguished and prolific Britten scholars writing today. Donald Mitchell was a close friend of the composer for many years as well as his publisher. Philip Reed is Head of Publications at English National Opera. Mervyn Cooke is Professor of Music at Nottingham University.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Invaluable 22 Sept. 2005
By M. Sells - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Donald Mitchell, et.al. have done another remarkable job in providing source material for the serious student of Benjamin Britten's life and music. At the same time, the book reads like a biography. It is filled with invaluble information that helps frame, illuminate and clarify issues surrounding Britten's important work of the time. I especially appreciated Dr. Mitchell's thoughful response to those who would have us look at Britten's incredible artistic contributions solely through the mind and eyes of sexual preference. I can't wait for future volumes.
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