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Bridge and Britten, Britten and Bridge

Mark, Christopher (2018) Bridge and Britten, Britten and Bridge MUSIC & LETTERS, 99 (1). pp. 45-73.

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Britten and Bridge have been bracketed together since Britten’s tribute to his teacher in his fiftieth-birthday reminiscence. It was largely through Britten’s endeavours that Bridge’s name was kept alive during the forties and fifties, through the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, while Britten’s programming of Bridge’s music in Aldeburgh Festival concerts and the publication of select late scores by his own publisher, Faber Music, led the revival of interest in the music. Mark Amos suggests that ‘an unhooking from Britten and his inherent cultural baggage is now essential if we are to understand Bridge on his own terms’. The contention in this essay, though, is that there is still something to be learned about Bridge through Britten, through what Britten writes about him, and especially through an examination of the music they both composed during and immediately after Britten’s apprenticeship.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts > Music
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Date : 15 May 2018
DOI : 10.1093/ml/gcy001
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2017 Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in MUSIC & LETTERS following peer review. The version of record will be available online at:
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 30 May 2017 10:26
Last Modified : 22 Jun 2018 10:52

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