Technical Aspects in Britten's War Requiem
Date: February 18, 2013
I've been doing a lot of work on Britten's War Requiem for an upcoming audition and I had a question regarding the Dies Irae section. I find that the 7/4 tempo is too fast to subdivide,but if you do it as one larger pattern, it has a tendancy to get out of control. I'm wondering what the best way to navigate this section would be; is it sufficient to give clear ictuses for each large beat (if we divide it as 2+2+3) or is it necessary to conduct it in an elongated 3-pattern? I'm curious, particularly from the singer's perspective, which is easier to understand and respond to.
Thanks for your help!