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Benjamin Britten: Death in Venice

Benjamin Britten: Death in Venice

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Donald Mitchell, Rosamund Strode, Myfanwy Piper, Colin Matthews, Colin Graham, Peter Evans, Eric Roseberry, John Evans, Mervyn Cooke, Christopher Palmer, David Matthews, T. J. Reed, Patrick Carnegy, Philip Reed, Ned Rorem
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  • Date Published: July 1987
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521319430

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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.

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    • Date Published: July 1987
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521319430
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General preface
    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. An introduction in the shape of a memoir Donald Mitchell
    2. A Death in Venice chronicle Rosamund Strode
    3. The libretto Myfanwy Piper
    4. The Venice sketchbook Colin Matthews
    5. The first production Colin Graham
    6. Synopsis: the story, the music not excluded Peter Evans
    7. Tonal ambiguity in Death in Venice: a symphonic view Eric Roseberry
    8. Twelve-note structures and tonal polarity John Evans
    9. Britten and the gamelan: Balinese influences in Death in Venice Mervyn Cooke
    10. Britten's Venice orchestra Christopher Palmer
    11. Death in Venice and the Third String Quartet David Matthews
    12. Mann and his novella: Death in Venice T. J. Reed
    13. The novella transformed: Thomas Mann as opera Patrick Carnegy
    14. Aschenbach becomes Mahler: Thomas Mann as film Philip Reed
    15. 'I was Thomas Mann's Tadzio'
    16. Critical reception: Britten's Venice Ned Rorem
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Discography
    Index.

  • Editor

    Donald Mitchell

    Contributors

    Donald Mitchell, Rosamund Strode, Myfanwy Piper, Colin Matthews, Colin Graham, Peter Evans, Eric Roseberry, John Evans, Mervyn Cooke, Christopher Palmer, David Matthews, T. J. Reed, Patrick Carnegy, Philip Reed, Ned Rorem

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