Posts tagged ‘Gabriel Fauré’

November 13, 2016

2016-11-13 Notes from the Bench

“Requiem in D Minor” by Gabriel Fauré

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


Requiem aeternam dona eis–rest eternal grant unto them (Missa pro Defunctis, Introit). During the month of November, the Church pauses to remember all those who have gone before us into eternal life. This evening, November 13, the All Saints’ community will celebrate our annual Solemn Requiem, remembering of all those of our parish who have recently died. The music for our Requiem service will be the well-known and beloved Requiem in D Minor (Op.48) by Gabriel Fauré. The “Fauré Requiem” was composed between 1887 and 1890. The first version of this work, completed between 1887-1888, was titled “un petit Requiem” (a small Requiem) that included five of the movements: Introit and Kyrie, Sanctus, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei, and In Paradisum. This early version was performed for the funeral Mass of Joseph Lesoufaché, an architect, at the Church of La Madeleine in Paris on January 16, 1888. Fauré later added an Offertory movement and the Libre me, which was originally written as an independent piece. The final version full orchestral accompaniment was completed between 1899 and 1900 and premiered at the Trocadéro in Paris on July 12, 1900. Faure’s Requiem was performed for his own funeral Mass in 1924. This work was first performed in the United States in 1931.



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