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ISBN:
0571228399
Author:
John Bridcut
Category:
Arts & Literature
Language:
English
Publisher:
Faber and Faber; Main edition (June 1, 2006)
Pages:
288 pages
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Britten's Children is a scholarly 2006 book by John Bridcut that describes the English composer Benjamin Britten's relationship with several adolescent boys.

Britten's Children is a scholarly 2006 book by John Bridcut that describes the English composer Benjamin Britten's relationship with several adolescent boys. Bridcut has been praised for treating such a sensitive subject in "an impeccably unsensational tone".

Britten's Children by John Bridcut Faber £1. 9, pp334. This book is a failure and much the better for it. The author sets out to separate the faintly creepy from the wholesome in Benjamin Britten, and to prove the innocence of his dealings with young males. At the end, I still didn't know what to think, and I wasn't convinced John Bridcut knew either

Britten's Children book.

Britten's Children book.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Britten's Children confronts the edgy subject of the composer's obsessional yet strangely innocent relationships with adolescent boys. One of the hallmarks of Benjamin Britten's music is his use of boys' voices.

Britten's Children confronts the edgy subject of the composer's obsessional yet strangely innocent relationships with adolescent boys. One of the hallmarks of Benjamin Britten's music is his use of boys' voices, and John Bridcut uses this to create a fresh prism through which to view the composer's life.

Britten's Children looks beyond the vexed question of whether the . The other achievement of this gracefully written book is to reflect the reciprocity of this love: Britten's boys loved him back, for what he gave t. .

Britten's Children looks beyond the vexed question of whether the composer was a child molester to see how his obsession. Two years ago, John Bridcut made a television documentary that sought to uncover the truth about Benjamin Britten and his boys. Peeling away decades of prurient innuendo, it was a delicately thought-provoking film, now complemented by this brilliant book. The other achievement of this gracefully written book is to reflect the reciprocity of this love: Britten's boys loved him back, for what he gave to each one for a few enchanted months. Independent culture newsletter. The best in film, music, TV & radio straight to your inbox.

Britten's Children is a scholarly 2006 book by John Bridcut that describes the English composer Benjamin Britten's relationship with several adolescent boys

Britten's Children is a scholarly 2006 book by John Bridcut that describes the English composer Benjamin Britten's relationship with several adolescent boys. Bridcut has been praised for treating such a sensitive subject in an impeccably unsensational tone. John Bridcut is an English documentary filmmaker, best known for his films about British composers. His most famous work, Britten's Children (2004), is a study of the influence that Benjamin Britten's close relationships with children had on the composer and material from the documentary was later made into a book (2006).

Benjamin Britten's association with Faber is a long one, dating back to 1964 to the creation of Faber Music, one of whose .

Benjamin Britten's association with Faber is a long one, dating back to 1964 to the creation of Faber Music, one of whose express aims was to publish the composer's music. Bridcut is one of the contributors to our series of podcasts marking the centenary of Britten's birth and in this, the first part of two, he talks about his own reaction to Britten as composer and conductor, and also tells us more about his book, Essential Britten. Benjamin Britten John Bridcut Composers Faber Podcast Authors Interviews Books Music.

Published by Faber & Faber, 2006. ISBN 10: 0571228399, ISBN 13: 9780571228393. View all copies of this book. 1. Britten's Children. Published by Faber & Faber (2006). ISBN 10: 0571228399 ISBN 13: 9780571228393.

Britten’s Children" is a scholarly 2006 book by John Bridcut that describes the English composer Benjamin Britten’s love for a continuous series of adolescent boys throughout his life. Bridcut has been praised for treating such a sensitive subject in "an impeccably unsensational tone"

Britten's Children confronts the edgy subject of the composer's obsessional yet strangely innocent relationships with adolescent boys. One of the hallmarks of Benjamin Britten's music is his use of boys' voices, and John Bridcut uses this to create a fresh prism through which to view the composer's life. Interweaving discussion of the music he wrote for and about children with interviews with the boys whom Britten befriended, Bridcut explores the influence of these unique friendships - notably with the late David Hemmings - and how they helped Britten maintain links with his own happy childhood.

In a remarkable part of the book Bridcut tells for the first time the full story of Britten's love affair in the 1930s with the 18-year-old German Wulff Scherchen, son of the conductor Hermann Scherchen. As Paul Hoggart of The Times commented, 'this type of love belonged to an emotional landscape that has vanished for ever, and we are the poorer for it'. Since making the film, the author has extended his research to include friendships Britten had with children which have not previously been documented.

The documentary Britten's Children won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 2005 Award for Creative Communication: 'this serious and beautiful film explored one aspect of a composer's life in great depth. Avoiding the temptation of sensationalism, Britten's Children was imaginatively researched and both touching and revelatory'.

  • Ahieones
First, what this book is not--

It is not a biography, and though it necessarily contains biographical elements, it focuses fairly narrowly on one aspect of the composer's life and its effects on his work.

It is also not a salacious tell-all intended to titillate. If you're looking for saucy details you'll be disappointed.

It does recount, in largely chronological order, Britten's relationships with children and the ways in which his attachment to childhood, both his own and others', can be seen as an influence in his work. As such, it offers some valuable insight and analysis which can enhance the reader's understanding of the music. For that alone it would be worth reading.

Beyond that, it is an entertaining book and worth the time required to read. It probably goes without saying that this should not be the first book about Benjamin Britten that anyone reads.
  • Moswyn
I read this book last summer while sitting by my outdoor fountain. It was perfect summer reading, and insightful into the personality & music of Britten. My first real experience with Britten's music was participating in his WAR REQUIEM just a year after it was composed, conducted by the great Robert Shaw & the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. I've been hooked on Britten ever since then, & this book just hit the spot.
  • Xinetan
This book's author, John Bridcut, is well respected for his various productions for the BBC and other journalistic endeavors. His meticulous research for this publication is well documented and amply credited. He was granted special access to the archives and voluminous records of the Britten-Pears Library at Aldeburgh and the source quotes in the book are extensive and impressive. He has focused on one particular aspect of the life of British Composer Benjamin Britten, 1913-1976, and how that influenced many, possibly the majority, of his compositions. Many musicologists will argue that this influence was a positive factor in these compositions and that it brought forth a uniqueness that is rarely, if ever, found in the works of other musical composers. The book also offers some insight into the life long partnership and relationship of Britten and tenor Peter Pears, 1910-1986. Many of Britten's compositions were also influenced by this relationship and Britten created many works especially crafted for the tenor singing strengths of Pears while at the same time allowing for the characteristics of the Pears voice that were not so strong. Many musical historians also believe that Benjamin Britten is the first major British composer since Henry Purcell, 1658-1695, some three centuries earlier. This book will aid that understanding.
  • Painbrand
Everything was fine.