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Presentation Title

Rebuilding Ruins: Aspects of Mourning is Rudolf Mauersberger’s Dresdner Requiem

Location

Meyer Auditorium

Abstract

More than half of the Dresden Kreuzkirche’s choir died during the Allied bombing of the city in 1945. Their conductor, Rudolf Mauersberger, composed his Dresdner Requiem to commemorate the tragedy. Mauersberger’s impetus for the work—his very personal connection to this historic event—differentiates it from others in the requiem genre, including Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, composed after the Coventry blitz of 1940. During this presentation, I will analyze Mauersberger’s Requiem and its reception, and will discuss the sedimented history found in subsequent performances of the work, including its repurposing for political protest during the height of the Cold War.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

4-8-2014 10:20 AM

Panel

Panel: Music History: Requiem and Remembrance

Field of Study for Presentation

History, Music

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Rebuilding Ruins: Aspects of Mourning is Rudolf Mauersberger’s Dresdner Requiem

Meyer Auditorium

More than half of the Dresden Kreuzkirche’s choir died during the Allied bombing of the city in 1945. Their conductor, Rudolf Mauersberger, composed his Dresdner Requiem to commemorate the tragedy. Mauersberger’s impetus for the work—his very personal connection to this historic event—differentiates it from others in the requiem genre, including Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, composed after the Coventry blitz of 1940. During this presentation, I will analyze Mauersberger’s Requiem and its reception, and will discuss the sedimented history found in subsequent performances of the work, including its repurposing for political protest during the height of the Cold War.