Benjamin Britten: Death in Venice

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Donald Mitchell
Cambridge University Press, 18 jun. 1987 - 229 pagina's
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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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The libretto
45
The Venice sketchbook
55
The first production
67
the story the music not excluded
76
a symphonic view
86
Twelvenote structures and tonal polarity
99
Balinese influences in
115
Brittens Venice orchestra
129
Death in Venice and the Third String Quartet
154
Thomas Mann as opera
168
Critical reception
186
Notes
205
Bibliography
219
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