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Paul Kildea discusses work on
his recent book about Britten,
heard by MIKE WHEELER

 

Opera apart, a major strand in the Buxton Festival each year is the series of literary events, featuring writers on a wide range of subjects, from history, philosophy and politics to gardening. On this occasion, Paul Kildea was discussing work on his recent book Benjamin Britten. A life in the 20th century (Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, UK, 15 July 2013)

He talked us through his approach to presenting the life of 'this complicated and dark man' for a general readership. In a brief glance at the existing literature, he mentioned that although Peter Pears was an obvious choice to write the official biography, the job was to have been undertaken by Donald Mitchell, but he ended up instead editing the six volumes of correspondence published between 1991 and 2012...

Copyright © 27 July 2013 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

BUXTON

BUXTON FESTIVAL

DERBYSHIRE

UNITED KINGDOM

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