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Benjamin Britten : Billy Budd - Mervyn Cooke

Benjamin Britten

Billy Budd

Paperback Published: 6th September 1993
ISBN: 9780521387507
Number Of Pages: 194

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Billy Budd, based on Herman Melville's nautical allegory, is one of Britten's most challenging operas. This comprehensive guide considers the work from both literary and musical viewpoints. Melville's novella is discussed, as is the interpretation given to the novella by the librettists E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier. A detailed synopsis guides the reader through the musical and dramatic action of the opera and in a chapter devoted to the music, Britten's distinctive technique of tonal symbolism is analyzed to demonstrate the effectiveness of his musical response to the dramatic suggestions of Melville's story. The most important critical writings on Billy Budd are represented by an expanded version of Donald Mitchell's 1979 notebook on the opera. A final chapter charts the opera's stage history and fluctuating critical reception.

"...a concise, informative study of Benjamin Britten's grandest opera." New York Daily News "...excellent...enlightening...Cooke and Reed have put together a very useful and helpful handbook..." The Opera Journal

Herman Melville's Billy Budd
Britten's Billy Budd: Melville as opera libretto
From first thoughts to first night: a Billy Budd chronology
The 1960 revisions: a two-act Billy Budd
Britten's `prophetic song': tonal symbolism in Billy Budd
A Billy Budd notebook (1979-91)
Stage history and critical reception
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ISBN: 9780521387507
ISBN-10: 0521387507
Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 6th September 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.02  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.26

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