Britten’s Gloriana: Essays and Sources
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208 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Aldeburgh Studies in Music

Imprint: Boydell Press

Britten's Gloriana: Essays and Sources

Edited by Paul Banks

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A collection of essays which explore the cultural background and creative evolution of this once-overlooked work.
This volume is based on a selection of papers presented during a study course devoted to Gloriana held at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in 1991.
Glorianahas been a source of controversy since its première as part of the Coronation celebrations in 1953. It was planned as a national opera of broad appeal by its authors, Benjamin Britten and William Plomer, but, despite wide coverage in the media, the opera failed toestablish itself in the repertoire until a new production in 1966 revealed it to be a powerful and stageworthy work. In recent years it has attracted an increasing amount of scholarly attention.
This volume offers essays byROBERT HEWISON, PHILIP REED, ANTONIA MALLOY, DONALD MITCHELL and PETER EVANS which explore the opera's cultural background, the early stages of its creative evolution, the first critical responses, and various aspects of the workitself: these are supplemented by a list of source materials for the opera and the works derived from it, and an extensive bibliography.
"Boydell's reprint ... of Gloriana highlights the ongoing need for scholars to revisit the opera ... Clearly, there remains more to uncover about this 'royal' work that so vexed and perplexed its opening night audience." NORTH AMERICAN BRITISH MUSIC STUDIES ASSOCIATION

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9781843837978

July 2012

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Title Details

208 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Aldeburgh Studies in Music

Imprint: Boydell Press