Tippett & Britten: Portrait of a Wartime Friendship
With a foreword by Dame Josephine Barstow
Britten-Pears Foundation, 2019
£6.50; 40pp, with 35 colour illustrations
Copies can be ordered by writing directly to The Red House.
Written to accompany an exhibition at
The Red House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
March - October 2019
Michael Tippett (1905-1998) and Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) were the two giants of British music in the twentieth century. What is often characterised as their bitter rivalry was in truth a firm, lifelong, slightly wary friendship, which would survive artistic and personal disagreements. Tippett & Britten: Portrait of a Wartime Friendship tells the story of their relationship at its most intense, during the latter years of World War II. Their lives became politically and creatively intertwined through a series of remarkable events that were dictated by the brutality and hardship of the times.