On Music

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Music - 448 pages
Benjamin Britten was a most reluctant public speaker. Yet his contributions were without doubt a major factor in the transformation during his lifetime of the structure of the art-music industry. This book, by bringing together all his published articles, unpublished speeches, drafts, and transcriptions of numerous radio interviews, explores the paradox of a reluctant yet influential cultural commentator, artist, and humanist. Whether talking about his own music, about the role of the artist in society, about music criticism, or wading into a debate on Soviet ideology at the height of the cold war, Britten always gave a performance which reinforced the notion of a private man who nonetheless saw the importance of public disclosure.
 

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Contents

Introduction and Chronology
19
Statement to the Local Tribunal for the Registration
38
Speech to the International Arts Guild c 1944
38
I9461955
38
22
67
Frank Bridge and English Chamber Music 1947
75
24
78
Piano works by Frederic Chopin and Gabriel Fauré 1949 8O 26 A New Centre for Music 1949
81
Speech on Receiving Honorary Degree at Hull University 1962
214
6I Freedom of Borough of Aldeburgh 1962
217
Form and Performance 1962
219
A Tribute to Wilfred Owen ?1963
221
An ABC of Music 1963
222
Benjamin Britten 1963
223
The Artistto the People 1963
233
On Pravda Art and Criticism 1963
236

UNESCO 1949
83
28
85
The Arts Council and Opera 1950
86
VerdiA Symposium 1951
102
3I The Rape of Lucretia ?1951
104
Dido and Aeneas 1951
106
Freeman of Lowestoft 1951
108
The Rise of English Opera 1951
112
Arnold Schoenberg 1951
114
Variations on a Critical Theme 1952
115
The Marriage of Figaro 1952
120
38
123
Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings 1954
128
4O The Physicians Folly 1955
129
4I The Aldeburgh Festival 1955
130
I9561965
133
Introduction and Chronology
137
42
139
British Culture Abroad 1956
140
Britten and SouthEast Asia 1956
142
45
145
To the Music Lovers of Japan 1957
156
47
158
Television and The Turn of the Screw 1959
161
Paul Beck 18951958 1959
162
On Purcells Dido and Aeneas 1959
163
52
171
Benjamin Britten 1960
176
A New Britten Opera 1960
186
55
190
Brighton Philharmonic Society 1960
193
Discussion on Billy Budd 1960
194
On Writing English Opera 1960
208
59
210
Address to Kesgrave Heath School Ipswich 1963
243
An Interview 1963
244
7o Britten Looking Back 1963
250
Francis Poulenc 18991963 1964
254
On Receiving the First Aspen Award 1964
255
Musician of the Year 1964
264
British Music in the World Today 1964
270
Tribute to Michael Tippett 1965
274
Tribute to Zoltán Kodály 1965
275
Tribute to Jean Sibelius 1965
276
Sibelius 1965
277
Dreams ?1965
280
A Composer in Russia 1965
281
19661976
283
My mind beats on
285
Introduction and Chronology
287
8I Sir Arthur Bliss at 75 1966
291
Benjamin Britten Talks to Edmund Tracey 1966
292
Tribute to Dmitry Shostakovitch 1966
300
Tribute to Zoltán Kodály 1967
302
An Interview with Benjamin Britten 1967
304
Britten and Pears 1967 3 Io 87 The Moral Responsibility of the Artist towards his Fellow Man 1968
311
Britten on Aldeburgh and the Future 1968
313
On Receiving the Sonning Prize 1968
315
Some Notes on Forster and Music 1969
316
9I Mapreading 1969
321
No Ivory Tower 1969
330
Idomeneo in Performance 1969
337
SeventiethBirthday Tribute 1970
343
Percy Grainger 1976
350
ON THE MUSIC OF OTHER COMPOSERS
392
Index of Brittens Works
433
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About the author (2003)


Paul Kildea was born in Australia and studied at Melbourne and Oxford Universities, being awarded a doctorate from the latter in 1996. He has recently been appointed Director of the Britten-Pears Orchestra. In 1999 he was appointed by the Britten Estate to the position of Head of Music, Aldeburgh Productions.

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