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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
I read this book last summer while sitting by my outdoor fountain. It was perfect summer reading, and insightful into the personality & music of Britten. My first real experience with Britten's music was participating in his WAR REQUIEM just a year after it was composed, conducted by the great Robert Shaw & the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. I've been hooked on Britten...
Published on May 7, 2007 by Bob Shaw

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Insights
First, what this book is not--

It is not a biography, and though it necessarily contains biographical elements, it focuses fairly narrowly on one aspect of the composer's life and its effects on his work.

It is also not a salacious tell-all intended to titillate. If you're looking for saucy details you'll be disappointed.

It does recount,...
Published 12 months ago by Dan Gawthrop


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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, May 7, 2007
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I read this book last summer while sitting by my outdoor fountain. It was perfect summer reading, and insightful into the personality & music of Britten. My first real experience with Britten's music was participating in his WAR REQUIEM just a year after it was composed, conducted by the great Robert Shaw & the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. I've been hooked on Britten ever since then, & this book just hit the spot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Insights, September 7, 2013
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Dan Gawthrop (Stephens City, VA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Britten's Children (Hardcover)
First, what this book is not--

It is not a biography, and though it necessarily contains biographical elements, it focuses fairly narrowly on one aspect of the composer's life and its effects on his work.

It is also not a salacious tell-all intended to titillate. If you're looking for saucy details you'll be disappointed.

It does recount, in largely chronological order, Britten's relationships with children and the ways in which his attachment to childhood, both his own and others', can be seen as an influence in his work. As such, it offers some valuable insight and analysis which can enhance the reader's understanding of the music. For that alone it would be worth reading.

Beyond that, it is an entertaining book and worth the time required to read. It probably goes without saying that this should not be the first book about Benjamin Britten that anyone reads.
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