All the Gods

September 2006
3 black and white illustrations
136 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
Poetics of Music
Plumbago Books

All the Gods

Benjamin Britten's Night-piece in Context

Christopher Wintle

Christopher Wintle's in-depth examination of Britten's Notturno includes a full set of sketches, the printed score, an introductory essay and two appendices, providing a new model for the study of Britten's work in general.
Peter Pears once described Benjamin Britten as `a Greek who worships all the gods'; and in order to come to terms with Britten's music it is necessary to recognize a language deeply embedded in this Western tradition.
This book is devoted to Night-piece (Notturno), written for the first Leeds International Pianoforte Competition of 1963. It addresses the work from many points of view: historical, documentary, analytical, formal, kinetic, hermeneutical, and affective. It also includes a wide range of illustrated allusions to other music, a full set of sketches, the printed score, arrays of modes and voice-leading graphs, and two appendices that take the issues of intensification and neapolitan relations further. In so doing, it provides a new model for the study of Britten's work in general.
Keywords: Poetics of Music, Music


Immaculately presented, with copious musical examples. It stands as a prime example of how one might go about a critical analysis of a work, moving back and forth between historical, analytical, and expressive interpretations...a major contribution to Britten studies, but its rich ideas have resonance far beyond this field, and deserve closer attention. MUSIC & LETTERS
Winner of the Sue Thomson Foundation Publishing Award for 2006. From the citation: This monograph [is] a ground-breaking case study of the author's work on the successful integration of words and music. The judges suspect that it is rare to find typographical skills of a high level combined with musicological expertise.

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