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Presentation Title

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Valerie Perron, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Meyer Auditorium

Abstract

Benjamin Britten wrote his War Requiem for the 1962 re-consecration of the St. Michael's Cathedral, which had been destroyed during the Coventry blitz. In his Requiem, Britten responds to the universal horrors of war with a libretto that juxtaposes traditional Latin liturgy with the graphic war poetry of Wilfred Owen. Britten’s compositional choices were also informed by the architectural features of the new Cathedral, built adjacent to the ruins of the old church. In this presentation, I will argue that a musical analysis of the Requiem must also include a discussion of historical context, narrative voice, and architectural design.

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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Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

Meyer Auditorium

Benjamin Britten wrote his War Requiem for the 1962 re-consecration of the St. Michael's Cathedral, which had been destroyed during the Coventry blitz. In his Requiem, Britten responds to the universal horrors of war with a libretto that juxtaposes traditional Latin liturgy with the graphic war poetry of Wilfred Owen. Britten’s compositional choices were also informed by the architectural features of the new Cathedral, built adjacent to the ruins of the old church. In this presentation, I will argue that a musical analysis of the Requiem must also include a discussion of historical context, narrative voice, and architectural design.