Christopher Willcock
1947 -
Chr. Willcock
Christopher Willcock SJ (1947), an Australian composer, born in Sydney. He is one of the world's leading Catholic composers of liturgical music, but also has a wide range of concert compositions to his credit, notably settings of modern poetry.
Christopher Willcock is an award-winning composer and liturgist who’s published over 400 titles of concert and liturgical music. Born in Sydney, Australia, he completed studies in keyboard and composition at the University of Sydney in 1974 and was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1977. He then completed further studies in sacramental and liturgical theology at the Institut Catholique in Paris. Presently, Christopher is a member of the United Faculty of Theology in Melbourne, where he teaches with colleagues from other various religious traditions. In 1993 Christopher was the inaugural recipient of the Percy Jones Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Liturgical Music.
Akhmatova requiem
Period:21st century
Composed in:2001
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Anna Akhmatova
Willcock's Akhmatova requiem for soprano solo, strings and percussion, was first performed in St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne in October 2001. In October 2001 the premiere was given of his major song cycle, Akhmatova Requiem, winner of the Maggs Award, with Merlyn Quaife the soprano soloist. This setting of the poem cycle Requiem by the great 20th century Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966), prompted a Russian listener to enquire how the composer could have known what Leningrad felt like during the Stalin Terror. Akhmatova's text was translated by D.M. Thomas.
Contributor:Staffan Thuringer
Anna Akhmatova