Two books devoted to the fascinating life of Benjamin Britten and both signed by editor and author John Evans.
Journeying Boy: The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 "Journeying Boy" is a selection of Britten's diaries that offer the reader an unseen insight into this complex man. Encompassing the years 1928-1938, they explore some key periods of Britten's life - his early compositions, his education first under composer Frank Bridge and then at the Royal College of Music, an unhappy but productive period studying under John Ireland and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and his reluctant and often painful process of parting from the warm, safe environment of his family home and his beloved mother. The diaries cast light on an often misrepresented musician whose technique, originality and musical prowess have entranced audiences for generations and who continues to inspire composers and musicians around the world.
A Britten Source Book (Not pictured.) This source book seeks to place in the public domain detail concerning Benjamin Britten's life, public career and compositions which until now was available only in scattered form or known only to those with access to the composer's private papers and composition manuscripts.Contact with primary sources makes it possible, for example, to enumerate for the first time an unprecedentedly detailed list of Britten's vast juvenilia in the Chronology. The Catalogue Raisonné of the composer's incidental music for the media of film, theatre and radio is the most thorough-going survey of the field incorporating recent research. The bibliography is the largest since Mitchell and Keller's pioneering work of 1952. We hope that the putting together of all these data into a handy, sturdy form will please and benefit Britten students whether they listen, play, write or teach.
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