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Peter Grimes/Gloriana Synopsis

This is a double volume dedicated to two masterpieces by Benjamin Britten. While the 1945 premiere of Peter Grimes established Britten as a composer of international standing, Gloriana, which was composed for the coronation of Elizabeth II, has never enjoyed a comparable fame. The variety of mood, characterization and pace, in each, illustrates Britten's exceptional gift for theatre - a view borne out by the recollections of the artists who created the title roles, Peter Pears and Joan Cross. Commentaries on the scores reveal, for instance, how much the popular concert extracts (the 'Sea Interludes' from Peter Grimes and the 'Choral Dances' from Gloriana) gain from their context in the dramas. The libretti are particularly interesting: the essay by E.M. Forster - the inspiration for Peter Grimes - is reprinted here, and Michael Holroyd discusses Lytton Strachey's controversial Elizabeth and Essex - the source for Gloriana. In sum, this is a celebration of two works by the greatest opera composer of the second half of the twentieth century.

Peter Grimes/Gloriana Press Reviews

Brilliantly produced and superb value.' * Sunday Times * All these will provide the new opera-goer with food for thought.' * Daily Telegraph * Wholehearted recommendation of this valuable new series.' * TLS *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780714544250
Publication date: 7th February 2011
Author: Benjamin Britten
Publisher: Overture Publishing an imprint of Alma Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 132 pages

About Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He showed prodigious talent from an early age and first came to public attention with the a-cappella choral work A Boy Was Born. He leapt to international fame with his opera Peter Grimes in 1945. This was followed by eight other major operas, including Billy Budd (1951), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1960) and Death in Venice (1973), as well as other orchestral, choral and chamber works, which established his reputation as one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.

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