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Benjamin Britten: The Turn of the Screw

Benjamin Britten: The Turn of the Screw

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Vivien Jones, Patricia Howard, John Evans, Christopher Palmer
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  • Date Published: October 1985
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521283564

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  • This book is designed to introduce the non-specialist music lover to Britten's opera, The Turn of the Screw. The opening chapters by Vivien Jones and Patricia Howard deal with the literary source of the opera Oames's novella), the structure of the libretto, and the technique by which a short story was transformed into an opera. The central chapter, on the musical style and structures of the opera, includes an account of the composition process deduced from early sketches of the work by John Evans, an analysis of the unique form of the opera with a more detailed examination of the last scene by Patricia Howard, and an account of the significance and effect of the orchestration by Christopher Palmer. Finally, Patricia Howard traces the stage history of the work, from its initial reception in Venice in 1954, through some seminal reinterpretations in the 1960s to its present established position in the repertoire. The book is generously illustrated and there is also a bibliography and discography.

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    • Date Published: October 1985
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521283564
    • length: 180 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.24kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General preface
    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    1. Henry James's The Turn of the Screw Vivien Jones
    2. Myfanwy Piper's The Turn of the Screw: libretto and synopsis Patricia Howard
    3. Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw: the music
    3a. The sketches: chronology and analysis John Evans
    3b. Structures: an overall view Patricia Howard
    3c.The climax: Act II scene 8, Miles Patricia Howard
    3d. The colour of the music Christopher Palmer
    4. The Turn of the Screw in the theatre Patricia Howard
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Discography
    Index.

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    Patricia Howard

    Contributors

    Vivien Jones, Patricia Howard, John Evans, Christopher Palmer

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