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Literary Britten: Words and Music in Benjamin Britten's Vocal Works

  • Editor: Kennedy, Kate
Of particular interest are the essays that illuminate Britten's compositional methods of setting text, methods that have their origin in his intimate interaction with a wide variety of poetic... More…



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  • Introduction - Kate Kennedy
  • Britten and His Librettists: The Composer as Auteur - Mervyn Cooke
  • Britten, Auden and the 1930s - John Fuller
  • James, Britten, Piper and the Literary Supernatural: The Changing 'vision of evil' in The Turn of the Screw and Owen Wingrave - Nick Clark
  • 'Thought's Wildernesses': The Development of Britten's Nocturne from Library to Score - Kate Kennedy
  • 'Reading at Intervals': Britten's Romantic Poetry - Brian Young
  • Britten's Drops: The Lyric into Song - Rebekah Scott
  • 'Without any tune': The Role of the Discursive Shift in Britten's Interpretation of Poetry - Vicki P. Stroeher
  • Britten and Modern Tragedy - Adrian Poole
  • Settings from Boyhood - Lucy Walker
  • 'Practical Jokes': Britten and Auden's Our Hunting Fathers Revisited - Joanna Bullivant
  • Choice and Inevitability: The Moral Economy of Peter Grimes - Philip Ross Bullock
  • Sin, Death, and Love: Britten's Holy Sonnets of John Donne - David Fuller
  • Britten's Donne Meditation - Justin Vickers
  • Scenes from Britten's Spring Symphony - Philip Rupprecht
  • 'I have read Billy Budd': The Forster-Britten reading(s) of Melville - Hanna Rochlitz
  • Miles Must Die: Ideological Uses of 'innocence' in Britten's The Turn of the Screw -
  • Benjamin Britten and Medieval Drama at Chester: From Abraham and Isaac to 'The Nativity' - Peter Happe
  • Ambiguous Venice - John Hopkins
  • Bibliography