Requiem - Gabriel Fauré

St Peter's Church - Rendcomb

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Gabriel Faure

Gabriel Fauré

Due to organisational problems, the venue for this concert had to be changed less than a month before the performance. We were fortunate to be able to use Rendcomb Church, and were delighted to see a near-capacity audience of almost 80 people, most of whom joined us in the Village Hall afterwards for canapes and lively conversation.

Despite lasting less than 40 minutes, this work contains some of the most beautiful and emotionally-charged music in the choral repertoire, so choir and audience alike were well-satisfied by our joint musical experience, though, when we finished, several of us wondered if we might do it again straight away!

Part of Faure's score
A page from the manuscript of the Requiem: "In paradisum"

Here is part of what Wikipedia says about this work ...

Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 between 1887 and 1890.

This choral–orchestral setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead is the best known of his large works.

The most famous movement is the soprano aria Pie Jesu, sung in this performance by the choir's soprano section, rather than as a solo. Camille Saint-Saëns said of it, "just as Mozart's is the only Ave verum Corpus, this is the only Pie Jesu."


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