Author: Patricia Howard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 1985-09-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
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.
Author: Books, LLC
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
Release Date: 2010-05
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 23. Chapters: The Beggar's Opera, The Little Sweep, The Turn of the Screw, Peter Grimes, Owen Wingrave, Death in Venice, Albert Herring, Curlew River, Billy Budd, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Noye's Fludde, Gloriana, The Rape of Lucretia, The Prodigal Son, The Burning Fiery Furnace, Paul Bunyan. Excerpt: The Beggar's Opera is a ballad opera in three acts written in 1728 by John Gay. It is one of the watershed plays in Augustan drama and is the only example of the once thriving genre of satirical ballad opera to remain popular today. Ballad operas were satiric musical plays that used some of the conventions of opera, but without recitative. The lyrics of the airs in the piece are set to popular broadsheet ballads, opera arias, church hymns and folk tunes of the time. The Beggar's Opera premiered at the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre on 29 January 1728 and ran for 62 consecutive performances, the longest run in theatre history up to that time. The work became Gay's greatest success and has been played ever since. The original production was so successful that John Rich, the manager of the theatre, was able to build a new theatre, the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, forerunner of the Royal Opera House. In 1920, The Beggar's Opera began an astonishing revival run of 1,463 performances at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, which was one of the longest runs in history for any piece of musical theatre at that time. The piece satirised Italian opera, which had become popular in London. According to The New York Times: "Gay wrote the work more as an anti-opera than an opera, one of its attractions to its 18th-century London public being its lampooning of the Italian opera style and the English public's fascination with it." Instead of the grand music and themes of opera, the work uses familiar tunes and characters that were ordinary peop...
Release Date: 1960
Performances of Benjamin Britten's "The Turn Of The Screw" by the Intimate Opera Group, also includes the Intimate Opera Group Chamber Orchestra, libretto by Myfanwy Piper, produced by John Edmund, conductor: Thomas Matthews, decor: Ostoja-Kotkowski, cast listed are: Joan Gill, Jacqueline Talbot, John Worthley, Janice Hearne, Terry Lee and John Carlini, orchestra members: Donald Creedy, John Gould, David Powell, Alex Pogodin, John Foster, David Cubbin, Noel Post, Kevin Murphy, Norman Lewis, Stanley Fry, Huw Jones, Barry Heywood, John Chapman and Elizabeth Silsbury.
Author: Darren Mark Saady
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Composition (Music)
Summary: "This research project will deal with the role of ambiguity in the opera "The turn of teh screw" by BEnjamin Britten. This will be done primarily by discussing the way in which Britten and Mwfawny Piper, his librettist, convey mulitple layers of meaning through the convergence of musical and literary ideas. I will argue that the music, in conjenction with the text, produces such a powerful effect upon its audience by virtue of an ambivalent, disturbing mood which is virually omnipresent. I will select and discuss the essential elements of the score which shape this impression, and in this manner, delve into this most elusive of operas..."
Author: Peter J. Hodgson
Release Date: 2013-10-08
This work constitutes the largest and most comprehensive research guide ever published about Benjamin Britten. Entries survey the most significant published materials relating to the composer, including bibliographies, catalogs, letters and documents, conference reports, biographies, and studies of Britten's music.
One of the most illuminating biographical projects in recent years. PETER ACKROYD The fourth volume of the annotated selected letters of Benjamin Britten covers the years 1952-57, during which he wrote three major works for the stage - the Coronation opera Gloriana, the chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, and the full-length ballet The Prince of the Pagodas - as well as important vocal works such as Canticles II and III and the Hardy song-cycle Winter Words. Correspondents include librettists William Plomer (Gloriana) and Myfanwy Piper (The Turn of the Screw), and friends and collaborators such as Edith Sitwell, E. M. Forster, Basil Coleman, Imogen Holst, Francis Poulenc, Lennox Berkeley, the Earl of Harewood and Britten's partner and principal interpreter, Peter Pears. The volume charts Britten's growing stature as a major figure of the European musical establishment as composer, conductor and pianist, and his continuing involvement with the Aldeburgh Festival, the English Opera Group, and Covent Garden. Central to the period is the world trip undertaken by Britten and Pears and the first-hand encounter with the music and cultures of Bali and Japan that were radically to inform Britten's compositional techniques from Pagodas onwards.The comprehensive and scholarly annotations vividly evoke a key period in twentieth-century musical and cultural history, and offer a wide range of detailed information fascinating for both the Britten specialist and the general reader. Published in association with The Britten-Pears Foundation.
Author: D. J. Hoek
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Release Date: 2007-02-15
The latest volume in the Music Library Association's Index and Bibliography series, Analyses of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-2000, features over 9,000 references to analyses of works by more than 1,000 composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. References that address form, harmony, melody, rhythm, and other structural elements of musical compositions have been compiled into this valuable resource. This update of Arthur Wenk's well-known bibliography, last published in 1987, includes all the original entries from that work, along with additional references to analyses through 2000. International in scope, the bibliography covers writings in English, French, German, Italian, and other European languages, and draws from 167 periodicals as well as important theses, dissertations, books, and Festschriften. References are arranged alphabetically by composer, and include subheadings for specific works and genres. This bibliography provides students, scholars, performers, and librarians with broad coverage, detailed indexing, and ready access to a large and diverse body of analytical literature on nineteenth- and twentieth-century music.
Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) ist einer der meistgespielten Komponisten der Moderne. Diese Monographie beschreibt Leben und Werk꞉ Brittens Anfänge als Wunderkind und seine frühe Laufbahn als Pianist, seinen bedingungslosen Pazifismus, seinen ethisch begründeten Sozialismus, seine virtuose Anverwandlung der Musik Ostasiens.