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Small tear on the hardcover spine and another small tear in top left corner of the jacket.
In this first comprehensive review of Benjamin Britten's music Peter Evans discusses all the published compositions in subdivisions of genre and period, and devotes a seperate chapter to each opera. With the help of over 300 music examples and diagrams, he shows Britten's mastery of art of composition - of tonal and harmonic structures, thematic cast and transformation, textural variety and the imaginative deployment of voices and instruments. By the use of frequent cross-reference he brings to light Britten's continuing technical present-occupations and his recurrent responses to stimuli provided by literature and drama. At the same time Professor Evans has not written exclusively for the professional musician: there is much here to interest the listener and opera-goer who has enough technical knowledge to follow the composer's processes of musical thought.
The book is arranged to facilitate reference as well as to give a sustained account, and the appendices include a complete catalogue of works and a selective bibliography.
- Evans, Peter, 1929-
- Very good
- University of Minnesota Press
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