First published in 1992, Humphrey Carpenter's study of Benjamin Britten was hailed by Anthony Burgess in the Observer as 'one of the best biographies of a musician that I have read; accurate, humane, moving.'
'If there has ever been a better biography of a musician, I have yet to read it.' Nicholas Hytner, Evening Standard
'It's a virtue of the book - one of the most fascinating musical biographies I've ever read, a paradigm of serious scholarship and good narrative style - that potentially sensational material is handled with care as well as candour.' Michael White, Independent on Sunday
'The panaroma of British musical life since the 1920s is laid before us with immense skill ... Carpenter has performed a brilliant feat of literary virtuosity. I cannot imagine how it could have been done better.' Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph
Winner of the Royal Philarmonic Society Music Award for 1992 (Book category).
Music, Stage & Screen
Sub-categories: Classical Music
Genres & Themes: Composers
Characters: Benjamin Britten
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