English composer, conductor, and pianist (1913-1976). 8 autograph (7 lettercards and 1 letter) signed ("Ben"). Apparently Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Oblong (small) 8vo. 16 pages on 8 ff. All with printed letterhead.
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Interesting, apparently unpublished correspondence detailing Britten's collaboration with the Revd. Kenneth Sherlock (1901-90), rector of St Bartholomew's Church, Orford, in Woodbridge, Suffolk, where all three "Parables for Church Performance" ("Curlew River", "The Burning Fiery Furnace", and "The Prodigal Son") were performed. Britten is very warm in tone to Sherlock and, in a number of letters, alludes to his declining health, which continued to deteriorate until his death in 1976. - 1) A somewhat philosophical letter about Russia, the Russian people and the human spirit generally and further mentioning a forthcoming tour of Germany and Austria.