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Benjamin Britten

War Requiem op. 66

Instrument line-up: Solo Parts, Mixed Choir (SATB), Childrens' Choir, and Orchestra
Edition: Piano Reduction
Composer: Benjamin Britten
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Opus: 66
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Order no.: BH5500012
ISMN: 9790060015564
Language: latin, german, english
Release: 31.12.1999
Term: 01:25:00 min
Weight: 625 g
Pages: 188


It is regarded by many as his masterpiece in the non-operatic sphere: Britten's War Requiem, premiered in 1962 to celebrate the opening of the new cathedral at Coventry, built to replace the one destroyed during the war. Britten used the opportunity to write a milestone of post-war music history: In memory of the war dead he combined texts of a Latin mass with 20th-century poems and set his deeply held pacifist and humanitarian beliefs to music. The requiem's direct style has overwhelmed audiences for more than fifty years.

Table of contents:

Requiem Aeternam
Dies Irae
Agnus Dei
Libera Me

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