Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation



First Advisor

Alicia Walker


This document investigates the “English Requiem,” coined by the present author as a subgenre of the broader compositional genre of the Requiem. This subgenre demonstrates certain characteristics including grandeur in scale, implementation of non- standard religious text(s), especially the English Burial Service, and/or the utilization of (often secular) English poetry. The subgenre’s genesis is found in English composers’ response to the dead from the First World War (1914-1918), which coincided with the English Musical Renaissance of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. The purpose of this document is to provide a clear understanding of the development of the English Requiem within its broader context. Six constituent works are identified and examined as seminal to the genesis, and the continuation of the subgenre into the twenty- first century is briefly discussed at the end of the study. Understanding how the English Requiem was formed and has continued to develop demonstrates the importance of this facet of English music history.