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The War Requiem by Benjamin Britten

Tonight we’ll be going to see Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City (here’s their announcement). It’s an enormous, gorgeous piece that, because it requires such a broad vocal cast, is rarely performed. I’m a huge fan of Britten’s vocal work (e.g., the operas Billy Budd and Peter Grimes) and I’m thrilled this is happening. (The fact that it’s just down the street from me — the Madeleine is at 331 E. South Temple — and that it’s FREE only make things better.)

As a note, the piece was composed to celebrate the reconstruction of Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed during World War I. It uses both the text of the Latin mass and the poetry of Wilfred Owen, who was killed one week before the war ended. (That’s his poetry in the picture above.) And, finally, here’s the writeup in the Salt Lake Tribune this week.

Hope some of you can make it!

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