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Britten : War Requiem - Mervyn Cooke

Britten

War Requiem

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Published: 13th November 1996
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Widely regarded as one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century, Britten's War Requiem was first performed at the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962. It provocatively juxtaposes the vivid anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the Latin Requiem Mass in a passionate outcry against man's inhumanity to man. This handbook explores the background to Britten's use of the Owen texts, charting the development of the composer's lifelong pacifist beliefs and (in a chapter contributed by Philip Reed of the Britten-Pears Library, Aldeburgh) detailing the process of composition from hitherto unpublished correspondence and manuscript sources. The musical structure is investigated, and the work's compositional idiom related to Britten's output as a whole. A concluding chapter surveys the fluctuating critical responses to the score, and includes discussion of the composer's legendary 1963 recording and Derek Jarman's controversial interpretation on film.

Owen, Britten and pacifism
The War Requiem in progress Philip Reed
The musical language: idiom and structure
Critical reception
Appendix
Text
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521440899
ISBN-10: 0521440890
Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 13th November 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.31