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on 30 March 2013
I was looking for a brief biography intended for the general reader and found this one measured up very well. The author himself is a composer and this has given him a valuable insight into the life of Britten as well as producing a highly sympathetic biography.
I liked the way the author integrated the details of the music Britten composed with incidents in his life. The photos and side notes are useful additions to the text.
Britten was a temperamental man and I would have liked the author to spend more time on this and how it affected his relationships with other people.
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on 3 December 2013
For any one who does not want to read five hundred-plus pages about Britten and the minutia of his existence but looks for the equation of the composer's life and his music, this is a wonderful read. Only a fellow composer and a friend who loved his music could have written a book about Britten's musical development of such compression and empathy. ElL
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