Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was the most prolific and celebrated English composer of the mid-20th century. Britten shot to international fame with his operas performed by the English Opera Group in 1947.
David Matthews brings to this biography his special insight as a fellow composer, former assistant and life-long friend of Britten to produce a uniquely personal, sensitive and authoritative account.
David Matthews is one of the leading composers of his generation, his music acclaimed worldwide. In the 1960s he worked as an assistant to Britten. He is the author of Michael Tippett: An Introductory Study (Faber).