Basso Cantante: An Autobiography by David Franklin hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Gerald Duckworth & Co, 1969, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: In this book David Franklin writes about two of his careers: the first as a basso cantante which was cut short by a throat operation and the second in radio.
The beginning of his singing career was bound up with the halcyon days of pre-war Glyndebourne. He recalls, wittily and nostalgically, the magic atmosphere which seemed to surround John Christies activities. He describes the pleasures and the difficulties of working with Jani Strasser, Fritz Busch and Carl Ebert and gives a fascinating glimpse of the life of a young singer in that circle.
Franklin goes on to describe from the inside the post-war building up of Covent Garden, in which he played a conspicuous part. Then a most important part of the book is concerned with the problems of the singer in preparing a major role. He takes the reader through two contrasting parts in his repertoire, Baron Ochs in Rosenkavalier, and Sarastro in The Magic Flute. He includes provocative comments about the standards of teaching singing in England, about singing operas in English, and about the historical reasons for the condition of professional music in Britain.
The last part of the book shows the development of his second career, in which he has made a second, and even bigger, reputation. He has just been given an award by the Writers Guild of Great Britain, for the best British radio features script of 1968, for his programme Cambridge Revisited. He is a member of the very successful My Music radio team, and he is now to succeed Kenneth Home as chairman of Twenty Questions, another challenge for his urbanity, versatility, and wit.
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled at the head of the upper panel with untidy, closed, tears to the join and leading edge with further nick, chips and marks elsewhere. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
232 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Biography category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…