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By David Matthews

"His reviews on Britten's song, which take place unobtrusively in the course of the narrative, are richly informative."—Alexander Waugh, Literary Review

Benjamin Britten was once one of many notable British composers of the 20 th century. He shot to foreign popularity together with his operas, played through his personal English Opera staff, and a chain of striking instrumental works. His track has received a important position within the repertoire and the love of successive generations of listeners. David Matthews brings to this biography his targeted perception as a fellow composer, former assistant, and lifetime good friend of Britten, generating a uniquely own, delicate, and authoritative account.

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My wife and I first met Miss Keeler at a house party in July 1961 at Cliveden. Among a number of people there was Dr Stephen Ward, whom we already knew slightly, and a Mr. Ivanov, who was an attaché at the Russian Embassy. The only other occasion that my wife or I met Mr Ivanov was at the official reception for Major Gagarin at the Soviet Embassy. My wife and I had a standing invitation to visit Dr Ward. Between July and December 1961 I met Miss Keeler on about half a dozen occasions when I called to see him and his friends.

Every effort has been made to trace or contact all copyright-holders. The publishers will be pleased to make good any omissions or rectify any mistakes brought to their attention at the earliest opportunity. 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2 A CIP record for this book is available from the British Library. com Contents UNHOLY JOY Read on for an extract from A LITTLE WHITE DEATH � 19 � 20 � 21 � 22 � 23 � 24 � 25 � 26 � 27 � 28 � 29 � 30 UNHOLY JOY I doubt I’m alone in arguing that the 1930s lasted a lifetime – prolonged by the austerity of the war and immediate post-war years it is more culturally sound to defy the calendar and say they they finally ran their course in 1963.

Profumo consulted his solicitor and met, yet again, with Hobson, who advised that they should wait until a major paper dared run the story. 13Rumour swelled to bursting point in Parliament and Fleet Street. As well as pirated copies of the ‘Darling’ letter, pirate copies of Westminster Confidential might even have outnumbered the authentic ones, as the enemy within – Macmillan’s own right-wingers – pushed the story in the hope of forcing a legal action and ousting the leadership. Indeed, Roth’s source for the story had been right-wing Tory Henry Kerby, MP for Shoreham and Arundel.

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