Spotlight: Fauré Requiem Opus 48

This spring, the Cheyenne Capital Chorale will be performing, "Music Through the Ages," a concert collection of works from the era of Gregorian chant through today. 

Of special interest will be the performance of Requiem, Opus 48, one of Gabriel Fauré's most celebrated works.

What makes it so special? Let me tell you.

Fauré: Requiem, Opus 48

"Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."

A requiem is a musical composition that takes a central role during a requiem mass – i.e. a Catholic service to remember someone who has died. The requiem mass usually begins with the words, "requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine," or "Give them eternal rest, O Lord," as does Fauré's work. 

Fauré began sketches for his Requiem composition in 1887. Unlike many of the other composers of his time, Fauré was not compelled to create his Requiem due to the death of a loved one. In fact, his direct inspiration is unknown. 

Melodically, Fauré's Requiem is inspired by the ancient tunes and rhythms of Gregorian chant. Its musical phrases are free and shimmering, and soprano and baritone solos create beautiful interludes in between dramatic choral movements. The work ends with a vision of paradise.

See, Fauré saw death as "a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than a painful passing away." Some have called his Requiem a lullaby of death.

Sound compelling? It is.

Join us on April 30th at 3:00pm to hear the Requiem performed.