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Music and Sexuality in Britten: Selected Essays

Philip Brett and George Haggerty


This book gathers together essays on the great British composer. These essays opened the door to gay studies in music, reinvigorated the study of Britten's work, and inspired a generation of scholars to imagine “the new musicology.” Addressing questions of how an artist's sexual, cultural, and personal identity feeds into specific musical texts, the author examines most of Britten's operas as well as his role in the British cultural establishment of the mid-twentieth century. Some of these essays appear here for the first time. The book develops a complex understanding of Britten's musical ach ... More

Keywords: British composer, gay studies, new musicology, sexual identity, cultural identity, personal identity, Britten's operas, cultural establishment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520246096
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Brett, author

George Haggerty, editor