About this book
A marvellously insightful biography of Britain's greatest composer of the 20th century. It is published to mark the beginning of the Britten centenary year in 2013, which will be marked with celebrations right up to his birthday on 22nd November, and promises to be one of the most moving and enjoyable portraits of a creative artist to have appeared for many years.
In the eyes of many, Benjamin Britten was our finest composer since Purcell (a figure who often inspired him) three hundred years earlier. He broke decisively with the romantic, nationalist school of figures such as Parry, Elgar and Vaughan Williams and recreated English music in a fresh, modern, European form.