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Benjamin Britten: A Life For Music Paperback – 27 Feb 2014
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"Neil Powell is a poet, and it shows. Fluent… intimate… psychologically adept… [Powell does] an exceptional job of bringing this strange, neurotic and evasive man to life." (Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times)
"[A] fine biography... Powell has a more personal touch... takes a more literary approach, and is good at relating the vocal pieces to their sources." (Daily Telegraph)
"A sensible, well-written book by an author who is a literary scholar: this is the biography to choose if you are new to Britten and want an introduction to his life." (Country Life)
"Powell carries the torch into the present, naming those singers now performing the work anew, painting a portrait of the Aldeburgh festival as it is today. His account has air and light, and brings alive the sense of landscape – the East Anglian coast, the marshes, the wind and waves – which have coloured so much of Britten's music." (Observer)
"Tightly focused... sympathetic. Powell lives in Suffolk and has a strong understanding of the composer’s cultural rootedness in that part of the world." (Economist)
Neil Powell’s Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music is the landmark biography of this pioneering musician's rich life and work.See all Product Description
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Loved this book. Gave different insights into Britten and his world. Would recommend this to Britten aficionados out there. Excellent.Published on 7 Jun. 2014 by AH
Plenty of material here both for the general reader and for Britten afficionados: a searching, succinct and sympathetic analyisis of Britten's musical and personal life. Read morePublished on 21 April 2013 by Suzette A. Hill
Very well written with lots of good photos very much enjoyed reading it. A marvellous tribute to Britten it will go with me to my desert island.Published on 5 April 2013 by Fiona Smart