Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music

Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music
Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music by Neil Powell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music is an interesting biography of the twentieth century compose Benjamin Britten, who may be most famous for his operas, but wrote a wide range of classical pieces throughout his life. While his life was made up of mostly his music, he did have fascinating relationships with his siblings, his mother, Auden, Peter Pears and some of the other British creatives who were also present during that time.

For those who want to learn more about Britten's musical compositions, this book does not cover it. This book is almost strictly a biography, though with such a musician it is hard to separate the two. However, this book does show a different side of Britten than what many other books include. Overall, for classical music lovers and Britten enthusiasts, this is a book not to be passed up. If you aren't already familiar with Britten's work, you may find this book boring.

*Reviewer received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads

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