‘Storm & Stress’ of a different sort

‘Storm & Stress’ of a different sort

Thursday October 17 2019

This month’s book display features the work of two men whose extraordinarily expressive art represented stories taken from Renaissance verse and Antiquity in contrasting but striking ways. Just right for the month that promises a weird Halloween. But for the intervention of time, the demands of other projects and the encroachment of ill health Britten […]

Poetry and Art of Landscape

Saturday October 5 2019

This month’s books show us two artists at work in the field of book illustration. Edward Lear is now probably best known to us as master of the Limerick and the inventor or a great deal of  nonsense rhyme (The Owl and the Pussycat, The Jumblies, The Pobble who has no Toes). He was a […]

Britten, Pears & Lewis Carroll

Tuesday August 20 2019

“What is the use of a book”, thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?” Britten and Pears must, from time to time, have agreed whole-heartedly with Alice. Their collection is filled with books that are illustrated or, indeed, focussed on the subject of Art or Art History. Pictures fulfil a vital role in books and never […]

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Britten, Pears and Jane Austen

Monday July 22 2019

‘I’m now reading Emma to sooth [sic] myself,’ Britten confided to Pears in June 1944, emphasising that Jane Austen’s trademark humour and mastery of narrative offered some relief, albeit temporary, from the horrors of war. In 1946 Britten and Pears turned to Austen as potential source material for a new opera, the unrealised Letters to […]

Britten, Song, Sea & Nature

Monday June 17 2019

Every month we highlight the gems from Britten and Pears’ book collection in their Library. Britten-Pears Foundation Librarian Nicholas Clark talks about the latest display for June. Below the thunders of the upper deep; Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth… Alfred Tennyson, The Kraken Tennyson’s brooding […]

Britten, Pears and John Milton

Monday May 20 2019

Every month we highlight the gems from Britten and Pears’ book collection in their Library. Britten-Pears Foundation Librarian Nicholas Clark talks about the latest selection that celebrates the month of May.  Now the bright morning star, day’s harbinger, Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her The flow’ry May, who from her green lap […]

Britten, Pears and Geoffrey Chaucer

Monday April 15 2019

Every month we highlight the gems from Britten and Pears’ book collection in their Library. Britten-Pears Foundation Librarian Nicholas Clark talks about the latest selection that celebrates April and the arrival of spring. ‘Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote…’ – General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales Although Geoffrey Chaucer is one of the few poets […]

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