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