Britten's Donne Meditation
Literary Britten: Words and Music in Britten's Vocal Works
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem (1962) is widely viewed as one of the twentieth century’s commemorative masterpieces, a work that emerged from the long shadow of World War II. Yet Britten’s immediate and heartrending response to the horrors of the conflict, only weeks after the cessation of fighting in Europe, is his song cycle The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, op. 35 (1945). Famously, Britten completed the cycle between 2–19 August of that year at Snape.
Vickers, Justin, "Britten's Donne Meditation" (2018). Faculty Publications - Music. 44.