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Supported by Tradition: Sonority, Form, and Transcendence in Britten’s String Quartets’

Mark, Christopher (2009) Supported by Tradition: Sonority, Form, and Transcendence in Britten’s String Quartets’ In: Intimate Voices: Aspects of Construction and Character in the Twentieth-Century String Quartet. University of Rochester Press, Rochester, pp. 41-74. ISBN 9781580463225

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Donald Mitchell: Ben, you were talking about some composers—some, only—young composers, who reject the past. Well, of course, certainly that has never happened in your case. To a composer standing at the point of his life where you do today [February 1969], you have a great inheritance, not only in your own music but also with regard to the past. I would like to ask you how it feels standing in that situation? And are you conscious of this wonderfully exciting but also great burden of tradition behind you? Benjamin Britten: [A long pause.] I’m supported by it, Donald. I couldn’t be alone. I couldn’t work alone. I can only work really because of the tradition that I am conscious of behind me.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts > Music
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Mark, ChristopherC.Mark@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2009
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:46
Last Modified : 16 Aug 2017 11:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1959

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