9781848495722 - Britten An Extraordinary Life, by Christopher Mark. Can the claims for Britten as the greatest English composer since Purcell be justified? Was the composer of glommily tragic operas himself depressed and obsessive? What effect did Britten's sexuality have on his career? In this accessible history, Mark traces the impact of Britten's physical and cultural enviroment, his shifting musical and personal relationships, and his emerging sense of sexual identity on his musical output.
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