Selling Britten: Music and the Market Place

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Benjamin Britten's relationships with Boosey & Hawkes, Decca, Covent Garden, the Aldeburgh Festival, the English Opera Group, and the Arts Council, had a huge influence on the music he wrote. This book explores the effect of these commercial and national institutions on the music of one of the foremost British composers of the twentieth century.

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Dr. Kildea was and Undergraduate and Post-graduate student at the University of Melbourne, studying with Max Cooke (piano) and Malcolm Gillies (musicology). He was a recipient of a number of University prizes. Scholarships enabled him to study at Oxford with Cyril Ehrlich. He accepted positions with Opera Australia as its Young Artist Programme as conductor. Made his début with Janaçek's The Cunning Little Vixen. He combines his work for the Britten Estate and Aldeburgh Productions with a conducting career. He will conduct La Bohème in Melbourne this year.

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`... likely to exercise a seminal influence upon our critical understanding of Britten.'
Musical Times

`What is so admirable about Kildea's work is that while his account is obviously intrinsic to a deeper understanding of Britten's creative context, his treatment - characterised both by its trenchancy and deftness - firmly engages with the music.'
Musical Times

`... a valuable social history that is distinguished not only by the acute observation and analysis it brings to bear on the institutionalisation and commodification of music in late-twentieth-century Britain but an essential sympathy for the art it is treating.'
Musical Times

`Selling Britten is a fascinating and vigorously written read'
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`... frequently fascinating book.'
Times Higher Education Supplement

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