The Composer in the Community
The Institute is preparing a new book that begins with Benjamin Britten’s views on the place of the composer in the community as expressed in his Aspen lecture:
"I believe in roots, in associations, in backgrounds, in personal relationships. I want my music to be of use to people, to please them, to 'enhance their lives' (to use Berenson's phrase). I do not write for posterity - in any case the outlook for that is uncertain. I write music, now, in Aldeburgh, for people living there, and further afield, indeed for anyone who cares to play it or listen to it. But my music now has its roots, in where I live and work. And I only came to realise that in California in 1941". (First Aspen Award, 1964)
It can be claimed that Britain has led the world in the last 50 years in exploring and engaging community context and participation.
This book will review the times since Britten from many angles, musical, social, political and so on. Contributors will include Gillian Moore, Howard Skempton, Colin Matthews, Christopher Fox, Trevor Wishart and Peter Wiegold.
The book has been supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation and will be launched as part of the Britten centenary celebrations in November 2013.
The book will be edited by Gigs Latham-Koenig and Peter Wiegold.