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Wed, May. 18th, 2005 08:27 am

Over the last couple days I've been going through the various major requiem works. Here's the list so far:

  • Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart's Requiem*

  • Gabrielle Fauré's Requiem*

  • Hector Belioz's Requiem

  • Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

  • Johannes Brahms' German Requiem*

  • Guiseppi Verdi's Requiem*

  • Antonin Dvořák's Requiem

  • ---- Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem

  • ---- Maurice Duruflé's Requiem

  • ---- Anton Bruckner's Requiem

  • ---- Franz Liszt's Requiem

  • ---- Camille Saint-Saëns' Requiem

  • ---- John Rutter's Requiem

  • Etc... (just in case I missed one or two big ones)

  • Each requiem has a very distinct quality.

    Fauré's Requiem, which we performed in choir, is considered to be the "lullaby requiem" because of its tranquil nature. Verdi's Requiem is the most operatic of the bunch. Brahms' requiem is called the German Requiem (Ein Deutsches Requiem) because it's the only major requiem to be written entirely in German and it also uses completely original texts. Britten's War Requiem is just that; a war requiem. It deals with the unfathomable pain and anguish suffered by Europe after the end of World War II. Mozart's Requiem is unique in that it definitely follows Mozart's style, but it also has another twist. Mozart was commissioned to write this requiem by a patron who wanted to remain anonymous (probably so that he could try to pass off the work as his own). Mozart was deathly ill and became paranoid that his patron was slowly poisoning him. He decided that the requiem he would write would be his requiem.

    I haven't yet listened to Belioz's and Dvořák's Requiem, but I'm assuming that I'll be able to pick up their characteristics pretty quickly. Both have very unique styles that you cna identify them by. Belioz's is bound to be very Romantic in nature, much like Beethoven. Dvořák's will probably be identifiable for other reasons, but many are hard to describe. He just has a very unique way of writing his music. I think one of the give-aways, though, will be that Dvořák incorporated Czech folksongs into his work, so it has a very particular sound that I'll be able to pick up on.

    Anyway, as I speak, I'm listening to Mozart's Requiem. I'm also in the middle of working, so I should probably get back to that.

    {edit} - * Marks the major works, according to my professor.

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    Current Music: "Requiem" -Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart