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Title My beloved man : the letters of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears / edited by Vicki P. Stroeher, Nicholas Clark and Jude Brimmer
Published Woodbridge : The Boydell Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (448 pages)
Series Aldeburgh studies in music
Aldeburgh studies in music.
Summary It's a life of the two of us.' This volume comprises the complete surviving correspondence between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. The 365 letters written throughout their 39-year relationship are here brought together and published, as Pears intended, for the first time. While the correspondence provides valuable evidence of the development of Britten's works, more significant is the insight into his relationship with Pears and their day-to-day life together. Entertaining to read, domestic and intimate, the letters provide glimpses of cultural and artistic life in the twentieth century, including pacifism and conscientious objection, critical assessments of music and other artists, transport and communications development in the twentieth century, the 'Aldeburgh corpses', art collecting, gossip, everyday life in an English country house, the development of the Aldeburgh Festival, performance practice in early music, looking after dachshunds, travel, and a host of other topics. Above all, when read together, Britten and Pears's letters allow the clearest possible look 'behind the scenes' of one of the most productive creative partnerships of the twentieth century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976 -- Correspondence.
Pears, Peter, 1910-1986 -- Correspondence.
Genre/Form Records and correspondence.
Personal correspondence.
Form Electronic book
Author Brimmer, Jude, editor
Clark, Nicholas, editor
Stroeher, Vicki P., editor
ISBN 1782046291 (electronic bk.)
9781782046295 (electronic bk.)