The Music Commission of the Círculo del Liceo hosted the conference prior to the staged production of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, which is being performed at the Gran Teatre del Liceu from October 21st to November 2nd. The conference will be conducted by Luis Gago, musicologist, teacher, manager, editor, writer and translator. After the conference, there was a projection of the homonymous film by Derek Jarman.
The War Requiem is a masterpiece of universal music. It was commissioned for the 1962 consecration of Coventry's new cathedral, built alongside ruins of the old cathedral which was destroyed in the bombing raids of World War II. Since then the trauma of war and Britten's powerful score have lost nothing of their impact and their ability to move us.
As in most of his films, Derek Jarman introduces elements of different arts into War Requiem: the music of Britten's War Requiem, the war poetry of Wilfred Owen, and the pictorial references to paintings by John Martin, William Blake, and Piero della Francesca. In addition, the film integrates elements of theater, religious iconography, allusions to silent and warlike cinema, the poetry of John Keats and fragments of documentaries and television newscasts.
Luis Gago is a musicologist, teacher, manager, editor, writer and translator. He has a Law degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and professor of violin and chamber music from the Conservatory of Music of Madrid. He has been coordinator of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and editor of the Teatro Real of Madrid, as well as deputy director and Program Manager of Radio 2 at the National Radio of Spain and member of the Group of Experts of Serious Music of the Broadcasting European Union. He has made radio programs for the BBC and is the author of numerous articles and monographs, the book Bach (1995) and the Spanish version of the New Harvard Dictionary of Music. He is also editor and music critic of Revista Libros, music critic of El País and co-director (with Tabea Zimmermann) of the Chamber Music Festival of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.