Although Britten died relatively young (aged 63), in his late period illness dragged him −according to the composer’s experience− towards an abrupt old age. A fear of ageing, physical deterioration and psychological weakness marked his creative vision in his late years, with Death in Venice as a prime example. This series explores the impact that his concern with mortality had on his creative poetics, transformed by concision in his musical writing and an economy of means in the expression of the essential. A selection of late works rarely performed today will illustrate this process, in which the influence of his close friendship with certain performers −his muses− also conditioned the unusual instrumental forces of the repertory.
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