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War Requiem, Op. 66

(1961-62) Vocal Score

By Benjamin Britten

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Choral, Chorus, Orchestra (Vocal Score)
(1961-62) Vocal Score. Composed by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). BH Large Choral. 188 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M060015564. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48009029).

Item Number: HL.48009029

for soprano, tenor and baritone solos, chorus, orchestra, chamber orchestra, boys' choir and organ

Scoring: 3 (3=picc), 2, ca, 3 (III=cl in Eb and bass cl), 2, dbl bn; 6, 4, 3, 1; timps, 4 perc (2 sd, td, bd, tamb, trgl, cymb, castanets, whip, Chinese blocks, gong, bells in C and F#, vibr, antique cymbals in C and F#); piano, grand org (ad lib); strings.

Chamber orch: fl (=picc), ob (=ca), cl, bn; hn; perc (timp, sd, bd, cymb, gong); harp, string quintet (2 vl, vla, vc, db)Chamber organ (or harmonium) to accompany boys' choir

Text: Missa pro defunctis and Wilfred Owen

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Difficulty level: 5

for soprano, tenor and baritone solos, chorus, orchestra, chamber orchestra, boys' choir and organScoring: 3 (3=picc), 2, ca, 3 (III=cl in Eb and bass cl), 2, dbl bn; 6, 4, 3, 1; timps, 4 perc (2 sd, td, bd, tamb, trgl, cymb, castanets, whip, Chinese blocks, gong, bells in C and F#, vibr, antique cymbals in C and F#); piano, grand org (ad lib); strings.Chamber orch: fl (=picc), ob (=ca), cl, bn; hn; perc (timp, sd, bd, cymb, gong); harp, string quintet (2 vl, vla, vc, db)Chamber organ (or harmonium) to accompany boys' choirText: Missa pro defunctis and Wilfred OwenPublisher: Boosey & HawkesDifficulty level: 5

His inspired idea was to mix the words of the Missa pro defunctis (Mass for the Dead) in Latin with the poems of one of the greatest of the First of the spirit War poets, Wilfred Owen. He uses nine of Owen's poems which form a kind of song cycle which weaves in and out of the formal sections of the Latin Mass.

When Britten's recording was released the following year it sold 200,000 copies within the first five months which was almost unheard of for a classical work, and possibly unique for a large-scale contemporary one. This was the moment of destiny for which Britten had been preparing all his adult life. The peace movements of the 1960s, the Cuban missile crisis, nuclear testing, anti-nuclear protests, the war-weariness of the seemingly endless conflict in Vietnam, all these things contributed to the public's readiness to hear this message which Britten so powerfully addressed.

Duration: 85 minutes

Paul Spicer, Lichfield, 2011.

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  • 5

    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Difficulty Level:
    Advanced
  • February 01, 2012 Vocal score

    This is a complete vocal score, containing all parts for soloists, chorus, and children's chorus, with piano reduction for the orchestra / chamber orchestra parts. The quality is quite good, very legible on sturdy paper. It has standard paperback ("perfect") binding, so won't lie flat when opened.

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