Dies irae : a guide to requiem music by Robert Chase

By Robert Chase

Considering the fact that time immemorial, the reaction of the residing to loss of life has been to commemorate the lifetime of the departed via ceremonies and rituals. for almost millennia, the Christian quest for everlasting peace has been expressed in a poetic-musical constitution referred to as the requiem.

Traditional requiem texts, between them the nameless medieval Latin poem Dies Irae ("Day of Wrath"), have encouraged an untold variety of composers in several a while and serving diversified religions, Western and jap. This e-book, the 1st entire survey of requiem track for almost part a century, presents loads of various and specific info that may be of use to the pro musician, the musical pupil, the choral conductor, the theologian and liturgist, and the final reader.

The major physique of the advisor is an outline of a few 250 requiems. every one access encompasses a concise biography of the composer and an outline of the composition. information of voicing, orchestration, variations, and discography are given. an intensive bibliography contains dictionaries, encyclopedias, prayer books, monographs, and articles. An appendix lists greater than 1700 requiems now not mentioned in the major textual content

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The full triadic sonorities of the Corsican music are more typical of the Western musical style, but the timbre and manner of singing are very different than that used in the Roman Rite. The chordal, three-part polyphony remains constant throughout the work. Basic Data EDITION None found. , c. 24" VOICING Choir: TBarB OUTLINE Requiem-Kyrie Sequence Offertory Agnus Dei Luxaetema Libera me DISCOGRAPHY 1. ADES, 111622, Messa Corsa in Rusiu. 2. Harmonia Mundi, HMD 941 495, Ensemble Organum, dir. Marcel Peres.

Huic ergo parce, Deus. Pie Jesu, Domine, Dona eis requiem. Mournful that day When, from the dust shall rise Guilty man to be judged. Therefore spare him, 0 God. Merciful Jesus, Lord Grant them rest. The Gregorian Requiem Mass 7 OFFERTORY The Offertory, Domine Jesu Christe, is a chant sung as the faithful bring forward their offerings to the altar. Most Offertory texts are taken from the Psalms, but this is not the case with the requiem Offertory. It originated in the Gallican (French) Rite and was imported into the Roman liturgy sometime between the ninth and eleventh centuries.

The chant melody for this Proper is quite beautiful and filled with spiritual feiVOr. Lux aetema luceat eis, Domine: cum sanctis tuis in aetemum, quia pius es. V. Requiem aetemam dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis, cum sanctis tuis in aeternam quia pius es. May eternal light shine on them, 0 Lord, with thy saints forever, because thou art gracious. V. Grant the dead eternal rest, 0 Lord and may perpetual light shine on them, with thy saints forever, because thou art merciful. RESPONSORY: LIBERA ME Sometime around the fourteenth century, the Responsory, Libera me, was included in the requiem mass.

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