Benjamin Britten: War Requiem
Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, 2008
Duke musicologist Philip Rupprecht (author of Britten’s Musical Language, Cambridge University Press) will lecture on “Public memory and private anguish in Britten’s War Requiem.” Room 104, Mary Duke Biddle Music Building, East Campus, Duke University, Durham, Friday, April 18, 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Program notes by Diana de la Cour (We Were There)
with texts and translations
Program notes by Chia Han-Leon (The Flying Inkpot)
Program notes on h2g2 (BBC on-line encyclopedia)
Resources on the Britten-Pears Foundation Web site:
Background, First performance, Further reading, Links & recordings
Commentary by Andrew Plant
Article by Arthur D. Coleman: Music and the Psychology of Pacifism: Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem
Musical/textual overview by Rodney Wynkoop (PDF)
Text and translation (with links to audio clips) (Caltech)
A literal translation of the Latin Requiem text by John Davies et al.
Benjamin Britten, The Bach Choir, Highgate School Choir, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Melos Ensemble, Decca (1963)
by Terry Barfoot at MusicWeb International (Giulini)
by Rob Barnett at MusicWeb International (Rattle)
by R. E. B. at Classical CD Review (Hickox)
by John Quinn at MusicWeb International (Britten)
by Rob Witts at ClassicalSource.com (Masur)
review of the concert at which the live recording was made
Biography by Rob Barnett (MusicWeb International)
with links to list of works, discography, articles
CyberBass: MIDI tutorial — hear your vocal part on one speaker and the rest of the choral parts on the other speaker.
Scorch Electronic Scores: — hear your part or all parts while following the score; start or stop wherever you want, change tempo, or transpose to a different key. Requires free Sibelius Scorch plugin.