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War Requiem Dies Irae

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Published on Nov 17, 2012

The bombing raid nicknamed "Operation Moonlight Sonata" in November of 1940 by the Germans in World War Two destroyed a cathedral that stood in Coventry, England since the Middle Ages. As a celebration of the cathedral being rebuilt, Benjamin Britten, England's most influential and celebrated composer, and as a leader of 20th century music, was commissioned to write a piece of music commemorating the occasion. Britten wrote his most celebrated vocal piece, and some believe the greatest work of the 20th century, War Requiem.

Performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Robert Shaw conducting.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. War Requiem. Benjamin Britten. 1989.

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