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Essential Britten, By John Bridcut
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Saturday 27 October 2012
Next year, the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, will see a torrent of events and books to celebrate our greatest modern composer. Get ahead with this smartly organised and attractively written guide.
Eschewing a full-dress life, Bridcut expertly spans a wide gamut of genres – quizzes to lists; catalogues to chronicles – to capture every side of the life and work.
Playful, eclectic, virtuosic, this browsable delight is like some scholarly equivalent of Britten's early showpiece, the "Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge".
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