War Requiem, Op. 66
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem was written to commemorate the consecration of the Coventry Cathedral after the original fourteenth-century structure was destroyed in World War II. Since then, the work has remained an incredibly poignant and visceral musical response to the horrors of war, with poetry by Wilfred Owen (killed in action just before the end of World War I) interwoven between traditional texts used in Mass for the dead.
"My subject is War, and the pity of War. / The Poetry is in the pity... / All a poet can do today is warn." -Wilfred Owen quoted on the title page of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem
The Princeton University Glee Club, Princeton University Orchestra, Princeton ProMusica, and the American Boychoir come together for a special two-night performance of this monumental work, marking a century since the end of World War I in 1918.