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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten (left) with Lennox Berkeley, 1960. Used by kind permission of Lady Freda Berkeley.

Benjamin Britten

A Bio-Bibliography

Stewart R. Craggs

Bio-Bibliographies in Music, Number 87
Donald L. Hixon, Series Adviser

GREENWOOD PRESS
Westport, Connecticut • London

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Craggs, Stewart R.

Benjamin Britten : abio-bibliography / Stewart R. Craggs.
p. cm.—(Bio-bibliographies in music, ISSN 0742-69G8 ; no. 87)
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
Discography: p.
ISBN0-313-29531-X(alk. paper)
1. Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976—Bibliography. 2. Britten, Benjamin,
1913-1976—Discography. I. Title. II. Series.
ML134.B85 C73 2002
780'.92—dc21

2001033587

[B]

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available.

Copyright © 2002 by Stewart R. Craggs

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be
reproduced, by any process or technique, without the
express written consent of the publisher.

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2001033587
ISBN: 0-313-29531-X
ISSN: 0742-6968

First published in 2002

Greenwood Press. 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 0688 1
An imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.
www.greenwood.com

Printed in the United States of America

The paper used in this book complies with the
Permanent Paper Standard issued by the National
Information Standards Organization (Z39.48-1984).

10 987654321

Dedicated to the memory of
Eric and Florence Hampshire

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Contents

Preface

ix

Acknowledgements

xi

Abbreviations

xiii

Biography

1

Works and Performances:

9

I.

Operas

11

II.

Ballets

22

III.

Orchestral Works

22

IV.

Chamber and Solo Instrumental Music

33

V.

Choral Music

48

VI.

Songs

67

VII.

Church Parables

86

VIII.

Film Music

88

IX.

Incidental Music

95

X.

Arrangements, Editions and Realizations of Works by
Other Composers

112

Discography: Britten on Compact Disc

121

Bibliography

159

Appendix A: Alphabetical List of Compositions

253

Appendix B: Chronological List of Compositions

265

Index

277

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Preface

Benjamin Britten was the greatest English composer of his time whose
music ranged across a wide spectrum of forms from opera and ballet through
orchestral and chamber music to film and incidental music. He is therefore a
most appropriate subject for the Greenwood Press bio-bibliography series.
In keeping with the intent of this series, this book is intended as a guide to
resources for those wishing to do further research. No claim is made to
comprehensiveness: even unannotated citation of all the reviews, interviews
and articles on Benjamin Britten would produce too long a volume.

This volume is arranged in the following manner:

1)

A brief Biography of Benjamin Britten which is intended
to give a broad outline of the composer's life. A full-
length biography was written by Humphrey Carpenter in
1992, and the "official" biography by Donald Mitchell,
who was chosen by the composer as his biographer, is still
to come.

2)

A list of Works and Performances, arranged by genre and
then alphabetically by title, with a description of each
work and information on publication and first
performance(s).

Details of derived works and
arrangements follow the original work. All works with
references in the Bibliography are then followed by the
relevant bibliography citation numbers.

3)

A select Discography containing details of recordings of
Britten's compositions on compact disc. Arrangement is
by date of re\iew from Gramophone with relevant
citations supplied.

4)

A Bibliography, arranged alphabetically by author, then by
title oi' the article, which contains articles, books,
dissertations and reviews. It is intended for use with the
list of Works and Performances: for articles concerning a
particular work, consult the "SEE" listings in each entry.
Summaries have been kept brief, or dispensed with
altogether, so that many references can be included in the
limited space available. A small selection of articles,
programme notes, etc. by the composer are also included.

5)

Alphabetical and Chronological Lists of Britten's works.

6)

An Index of references to persons and organisations.

x Preface

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