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Author Cooke, Mervyn.

Title Britten and the Far East : Asian influences in the music of Benjamin Britten / Mervyn Cooke.

Published Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press ; Aldeburgh : Britten-Pears Library, 1998.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780.92 BRIT/COOK    AVAILABLE
 UniM Southbank CD M  3965  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 279 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Series Aldeburgh studies in music, 0969-3548 ; v. 4.
Aldeburgh studies in music. 0969-3548 ; v. 4.
Notes Compact disc publisher no.: BPLCD 001.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-271) and index.
Contents List of musical examples on compact disc -- Glossary of Indonesian and Japanese terms -- 1. Making Tonic and Dominant Seem like Ghosts -- 2. Britten and Colin McPhee -- 3. Bali -- 4. The Prince of the Pagodas -- 5. Japan -- 6. From No to Church Parable: the Evolution of Curlew River, 1956-64. I. The No Theatre. II. Sumidagawa and the Curlew River libretto. III. Curlew River and the dramatic style of No. IV. Curlew River and European mediaeval drama. V. The musical style of Curlew River: No and Gagaku -- 7. The Later Church Parables. I. The Burning Fiery Furnace. II. The Prodigal Son -- 8. Stylistic Synthesis: Death in Venice -- 9. The Composer and his Critics.
Summary Investigations with accompanying CD into the influence of Eastern music on Britten's composition.
Benjamin Britten's strong interest in the musical traditions of the Far East had a far-reaching influence on his compositional style; this book is the first to investigate the highly original cross-cultural synthesis he was able to achieve through the use of material borrowed from Balinese, Japanese and Indian music. Britten's visit to Indonesia and Japan in 1955-6 is reconstructed from archival sources, and shown to have had a profound impact on his subsequent work: the techniques of Balinese gamelan music were used in the ballet The Prince of the Pagodas (1957), and then became an essential feature of Britten's compositional style, at their most potent in Death in Venice (1973); and the No drama and Gagaku court music of Japan were the inspiration for the trilogy of church parables Britten composed in the 1960s. The precise nature of these influences is discussed; Britten's sporadic borrowings from Indian music are also fully analysed. There is a survey of critical response to Britten's cross-cultural experiments.
Accompanying CD of original Balinese, Japanese and Indian recordings used by Britten as source material.
Subject Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976 -- Knowledge -- Orient.
Music -- England -- Oriental influences.
ISBN 0851155790 (alk. paper)
Publisher Number BPLCD 001 Britten-Pears Library