Faculty Book: Philip Rupprecht
Britten's Musical Language
(Cambridge University Press, 2002; 275 pp.)
Several of British composer Benjamin Britten's most important works were based on classics of literature—Billy Budd, The Turn of the Screw, Death in Venice, and Peter Grimes among them. Rupprecht's study focuses on aspects of "utterance" in these operas—both as "musical utterance," considering Britten's music as a language composed of themes and motifs, and in terms of the utterance of words in the operas' texts. "For the listener, utterance names an experience of being addressed directly by the performer or (less directly) by the composer... a musical thought moves from 'in here' to 'out there'...." Philip Rupprecht—assistant professor of music at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center—has crafted a distinctive, detailed study of the major vocal works of this important twentieth-century composer.
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Submitted on: FEB 11, 2002