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Benjamin Britten's "War Requieum": A Letter From Wilfred Owen
Seeded by atlantasymphony on 22 Oct 2018
Author: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
These performances of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, November 11, 1918. The "War Requiem" was written to consecrate the re-built Coventry Cathedral, bombed in World War II. However, Britten chose to set poetry by Wilfred Owen, the soldier/poet of World War I who died in a battle in France exactly one week before the 1918 Armistice. Owen spent his last nights alive in the cellar of a house near the Sambre-Oise Canal in north central France. There, he wrote a final letter to his mother which is read here by actor Kenneth Branagh. The images accompanying this letter are from the cellar, the exterior of the house which is now a museum, the banks of the canal where Owen died alongside sixty of his fellow soldiers in a hail of German gunfire, and of their graves in the communal cemetery of the village of Ors nearby. Thursday & Saturday, October 25 & 27, 2018 Performance Info: