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November 8, 2015

2015-11-08 Notes from the Bench

Requiem in E-flat Major (Op. 84) by Josef Rheinberger

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


November is a month of remembrance: that moment during the liturgical year when Christians pause and remember all those who have gone before us into eternal life. This evening, November 8, the All Saints’ community will celebrate a Solemn Requiem in remembrance of all those of our parish who have recently died. Customs of commemoration and praying for the souls of the departed can be traced back to pre-Apostolic times; the Jewish people prayed for the eternal rest of the deceased’s immortal souls.

The Requiem, Mass for the Dead, or the Missa pro Defunctis (Mass of the “finished”), is traditionally observed on November 2, and at the time or anniversary of one’s death or burial. The term Requiem is taken from the text of the Introit chant, “requiem aeternam dona eis” (rest eternal grant unto them), and is applied both to the liturgical celebration and the musical genre. During our Solemn Requiem for All Souls, the Senior Choir will sing Josef Rheinberger’s Requiem in E-flat major, Op. 84.



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