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Presentation Title

Richard Danielpour's American Requiem

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Nissa Anderson, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Meyer Auditorium

Abstract

Richard Danielpour's "An American Requiem" draws heavily from Britten's War Requiem, but the piece stands on its own easily. This presentation will introduce themes of protest and mourning within Danielpour's requiem in comparison to the monumental work by Benjamin Britten. Danielpour's primary motive in composing this work was supplication for an end to the bloodshed. By avoiding explicit displays of religiosity, Danielpour is able to focus on the pain of loss rather than fear of eternal judgment, as is often exploited in Romantic era or twentieth century requiem settings.

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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Apr 8th, 9:00 AM Apr 8th, 10:20 AM

Richard Danielpour's American Requiem

Meyer Auditorium

Richard Danielpour's "An American Requiem" draws heavily from Britten's War Requiem, but the piece stands on its own easily. This presentation will introduce themes of protest and mourning within Danielpour's requiem in comparison to the monumental work by Benjamin Britten. Danielpour's primary motive in composing this work was supplication for an end to the bloodshed. By avoiding explicit displays of religiosity, Danielpour is able to focus on the pain of loss rather than fear of eternal judgment, as is often exploited in Romantic era or twentieth century requiem settings.