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Jane Eyre [videorecording]
White, Susanna.
Adult Fiction Drama JANE

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This affectionate 1979 portrait of renowned British composer Benjamin Britten (1913-76) includes excerpts of performances of many of his compositions (20 are listed). Documentary footage catches Britten at the piano, conducting an orchestra with chorus, welcoming Queen Elizabeth to dedicate a concert hall, and more. Life partner Peter Pears comments on Britten's work, personality, and habits and their attitude about publicly being a couple; quite a bit of time is given to music Britten wrote especially for Pears's voice. In some cataloging records, Pears is considered an author of this film. Middle-class Britten as "outsider" (because of his stupendous talent and his sexual orientation) is the general theme of the film, which was meant as a tribute, not a true biographical investigation. Britten's relatives, friends, housekeeper, copyist, and the nurse who cared for him late in his life all speak highly of him. Many libraries own the original videotape; the DVD has 21 tracks, useful for classroom use. Recommended for music libraries and large documentary film collections.-Bonnie Jo Dopp, Univ. of Maryland Lib., College Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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