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Benjamin Britten : Death in Venice - Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

Death in Venice

Paperback Published: 17th August 1987
ISBN: 9780521319430
Number Of Pages: 248

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This book is exceptional amongst those that have appeared so far in this well-established series, in that it is largely written by those who worked with the composer and assisted him during the period in which the opera was composed and first put on the stage. It will thus remain a source of first-hand information on Britten's final operatic achievement. Donald Mitchell was Britten's publisher at the time of Death in Venice and his Introduction includes many personal observations on the genesis of the work. The latter part of the book contains essays by T. J. Reed and Patrick Carnegy on the libretto's source in Thomas Mann's novella and Philip Reed compares briefly Visconti's cinematic interpretation of the novella. The volume is richly illustrated with music examples, sketches and extracts from the autograph score, and pictures from the first production. It will make an essential reference work and indispensable companion for opera-goers, students and scholars alike.

General preface
List of illustrations
An introduction in the shape of a memoir
A Death in Venice chronicle
The libretto
The Venice sketchbook
The first production
Synopsis: the story, the music not excluded
Tonal ambiguity in Death in Venice: a symphonic view
Twelve-note structures and tonal polarity
Britten and the gamelan: Balinese influences in Death in
Britten's Venice orchestra
Death in Venice and the Third String Quartet
Mann and his novella: Death in
The novella transformed: Thomas Mann as opera
Aschenbach becomes Mahler: Thomas Mann as film
'I was Thomas Mann's Tadzio'
Critical reception: Britten's
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521319430
ISBN-10: 0521319439
Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 17th August 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.32