By David Matthews
"His reviews on Britten's track, which take place unobtrusively during the narrative, are richly informative."—Alexander Waugh, Literary Review
Benjamin Britten used to be one of many impressive British composers of the 20 th century. He shot to foreign status along with his operas, played through his personal English Opera team, and a sequence of notable instrumental works. His song has gained a crucial position within the repertoire and the love of successive generations of listeners. David Matthews brings to this biography his targeted perception as a fellow composer, former assistant, and lifetime good friend of Britten, generating a uniquely own, delicate, and authoritative account.
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