By David Matthews
"His reviews on Britten's tune, which happen unobtrusively in the course of the narrative, are richly informative."—Alexander Waugh, Literary Review
Benjamin Britten used to be one of many impressive British composers of the 20th century. He shot to foreign reputation together with his operas, played by way of his personal English Opera staff, and a chain of outstanding instrumental works. His song has received a vital position within the repertoire and the love of successive generations of listeners. David Matthews brings to this biography his specified 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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Union Jacks appeared in windows and storefronts. Impromptu parades, complete with marching bands, proceeded west along King Street before turning north on Yonge, then west again on Queen Street towards the Armouries on University Avenue. Militia regiment headquarters were assaulted by young men clamouring to enlist. The Armouries of the 48th Highlanders, Royal Grenadiers, Mississauga Horse, and Queen's Own Rifles were packed all evening. Outside, long lines waited for the chance to get in, even before word was received from Ottawa concerning the form of Canada's contribution.
M. in Toronto - the British ultimatum to Germany would expire. If the Germans did not back down, then the Empire would be at war, alongside Russia and France. Torontonians watched and waited as the minutes ticked by. When the bells of Toronto's Big Ben struck seven times, nothing else happened. The crowd waited. Thousands of miles away a telegraph operator in England cabled the news under the Atlantic Ocean. Fifteen minutes later, a newsboy's announcement, 'Get the War Cry,' disturbed 16 Our Glory and Our Grief the relative calm.
12 This was a collective enterprise. The training of these men was conducted in full view of the local population. Route marches wound their way through city streets, citizens watched new recruits struggle with drill, and thousands participated in the process of taking their leave of soldiers when they departed for Valcartier. As the city surrendered thousands of its young men to the military, both civilian and soldier alike were united in a common cause. The enthusiasm for the war effort, however, was not uninformed.