Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20, for orchestra is a symphony written by Benjamin Britten in 1940 at the age of 26. It was one of several works commissioned from different composers by the Japanese government to mark Emperor Jimmu's 2600th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Empire (taken to be 11 February 660 BCE from birth of Emperor Jimmu). The Japanese government rejected the Sinfonia for its use of Latin titles from the Catholic Requiem for its three movements and for its somber overall character, but it was received positively at its world premiere in New York under John Barbirolli. A performance in Boston under Serge Koussevitzky led to the commission of the opera Peter Grimes from the Koussevitzky Music Foundations.

The Sinfonia is Britten's largest purely orchestral work for the concert hall. It was his first major orchestral work that did not include a soloist and, according to musicologist Peter Evans, marks the peak of his early writing in this idiom. Unlike many of Britten's works from this time, it has remained popular and continues to be programmed on orchestral concerts.

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Performances & Interviews


Upcoming BBC Events featuring Sinfonia da Requiem

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Dalia Stasevska conducts Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e8p84f
Barbican, London
2019-10-26T21:02:14
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BBC SSO 2019-20 Season: Afternoon Performance: Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ej5qwh
Glasgow City Halls
2019-12-12T21:02:14
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