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By Robert Chase

When you consider that time immemorial, the reaction of the dwelling to loss of life has been to commemorate the lifetime of the departed via ceremonies and rituals. for almost millennia, the Christian quest for everlasting peace has been expressed in a poetic-musical constitution referred to as the requiem. conventional requiem texts, between them the nameless medieval Latin poem Dies Irae ("Day of Wrath"), have encouraged an untold variety of composers in several a long time and serving varied religions, Western and jap.

This e-book, the 1st finished survey of requiem tune for almost part a century, offers loads of diversified and special details that might be of use to the pro musician, the musical pupil, the choral conductor, the theologian and liturgist, and the final reader. the most physique of the consultant is an outline of a few 250 requiems.

Each access features a concise biography of the composer and an outline of the composition. information of voicing, orchestration, versions, and discography are given. an in depth bibliography contains dictionaries, encyclopedias, prayer books, monographs, and articles.

An appendix lists greater than 1700 requiems no longer mentioned in the major textual content.

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Gaudeamus 168, The Oerkes Group, dir. Edward Wickham. l'er~. JOHANNES PRIORIS c. 1460-c. 1514 Of Johannes Prioris' life and existence, only the slightest shadow remains. Nevertheless, his work reminds us of his accomplishments as an accomplished composer and musician. He might have been born in Brabant, in the town of Vorst (his Flemish name, De Vorste), a village near Brussels. 28 Chapter3 By 1491, he was a member of the choir of St. Peter's (Rome). " (Groves Dictionary, vol. 15, p. 275) Six mass compositions are known.

Repeated) Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: dona eis requiem sempiternam. 0 Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant them rest. 0 Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant them eternal rest. The Gregorian Requiem Mass 9 COMMUNION The text of the Communion contains a recapitulation of the themes of eternal peace and light that are at the core of the Introit. Following the Communion, a brief prayer is said at the requiem mass: Requiescant in pace. Amen. This prayer replaces the Ite missa est, Deo gratias, a text used in every mass Ordinary.

Dufay was one of the first to move the vocal range downward to the lowest registers of the bass, a trend that continued with later Netherlands composers. F 3 and E 3 are commonly used. The uppermost line, performed by either boy sopranos or countertenors, is seen rarely to exceed D 6, although some of these requiem settings display instances of G 6 and F 6. The prominent low tessitura of the soprano line provides the evidence suggesting that this music was performed primarily by men's choirs. COMPOSING STYLE Franco-Flemish composers were endowed with what appeared to be an immeasurable supply of melodic and harmonic invention, all of which was tremendously enhanced by their intrepid experimentation and imitative polyphony.

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