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Ideology in Britten's Operas

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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108416368

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  • This thematic examination of Britten's operas focuses on the way that ideology is presented on stage. To watch or listen is to engage with a vivid artistic testament to the ideological world of mid-twentieth-century Britain. But it is more than that, too, because in many ways Britten's operas continue to proffer a diagnosis of certain unresolved problems in our own time. Only rarely, as in Peter Grimes, which shows the violence inherent in all forms of social and psychological identification, does Britten unmistakably call into question fundamental precepts of his contemporary ideology. This has not, however, prevented some writers from romanticizing Britten as a quiet revolutionary. This book argues, in contrast, that his operas, and some interpretations of them, have obscured a greater social and philosophical complicity that it is timely - if at the same time uncomfortable - for his early twenty-first-century audiences to address.

    • A first of its kind interpretation of Britten's operas in the light of theories of ideology
    • Provides comprehensive analytical, historical, and critical-theoretical interpretations of Britten's operas
    • Offers a richly detailed picture of the ideological situation of Britten's own time and its continued ramifications in the early twenty-first century
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    'The author is interested in Britten’s ideology and studies this by focusing on the origins, nature, and structure of the ideas in the operas. Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals.' R. Pitts, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108416368
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 19 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Mappa Mundi:
    1. Defining ideology
    2. Ideological narratives
    Part II. The Ship of State:
    3. From manifest violence to its historical sediment
    4. The occultation of history
    Part III. New World:
    5. Women and children
    6. A shadow falls on castle walls.

  • Author

    J. P. E. Harper-Scott, Royal Holloway, University of London
    J. P. E. Harper-Scott is Professor of Music History and Theory at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published extensively on music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on twentieth-century British music.

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