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The destructive element: Benjamin Britten and Aldeburgh

The destructive element: Benjamin Britten and Aldeburgh

Powers, Alan (2008) The destructive element: Benjamin Britten and Aldeburgh. In: Feigel, Lara and Harris, Alexandra, (eds.) Modernism on sea: art and culture by the British seaside. Peter Lang Publishers, Witney, Oxfordshire, UK, pp. 211-225. ISBN 9781906165246

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The essay examines the influence of the sea on composer Benjamin Britten, especially the Suffolk coast and its landscape, and links this to his personal development, his attitude to metropolitan and international culture and the motives for creating his own music festival at Aldeburgh. The history of the town and perceptions of its architectural and social character support the theory that 'minor' people and places had particular meaning for Britten's attitude to the establishment in the context of the sexual politics in the 1940s and 50s, satisfying a dark and pessimistic side of his character while also supporting his mission to bring music and art to wider audiences.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural geography, landscape, queer studies, modern music, English identity, Benjamin Britten, Suffolk, Aldeburgh
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction
School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Department of Architecture & Urbanism
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