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Benjamin Britten: A Biography Paperback – 1992
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Carpenter is less good in dealing with Britten's music. This is true both for Britten's output in general and specific works. Nowhere in this book do we get any sense of why Britten chose to focus on vocal music. Britten did produce important orchestral and chamber work, but his most important output was opera, less conventional music theater like his church parables, choral music, and songs.Read more ›
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Carpenter's unrestricted access to documents, and his ability to sift through them and judge honestly gives this biography the highest level of credibility. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by G Lawrence Jones
I have no interest at all in other people sex life, especially the sex life of dead people. Whether Carpenter treats that aspect of Britten well or not, I have no opinion on the... Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Claude Lambert
I enjoyed this book tremendously. When I first heard there were naysayers about it I rushed to the web to see if there were glaring inaccuracies, but that does not seem to be the... Read morePublished on March 14, 2010 by S. Jones
This book is terribly marred by an unnecessary reliance on a limited number of sources. Many defenses of Britten's personality and reputation simply stink of excuse making and... Read morePublished on September 2, 2008 by Corn Soup