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Requiem Songs (Full/Vocal Score for Chamber Version)

Requiem Songs (Full/Vocal Score for Chamber Version)

Product Number: 8068

Composer: Conte, David



Commissioned by the American Music Research Center, Boulder, Colorado, Thomas Riis, director, in loving memory of Don Campbell. The work received its premiere performance at l’Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris, on October 24, 2013 by Alexis Galpérine, violin, Magali Léger, soprano, Saori Kikuchi, harp, and Carolyn Shuster Fournier, organist.
The work consists of  three Latin texts from the Requiem Mass. The first, Exaudi, is in “Larghetto” tempo and serves as a prelude. The second, Dies Iræ, marked “Allegro agitato,” is an intense and dark scherzo in D minor with chromatic runs in the organ and violin which accompany the soprano. A central, more lyrical section follows based on the “Lacrymosa” text in a slower tempo, leading to the song’s only serene moment: “Pie Jesu Domine.” The “Dies Irae” music returns, and the song ends violently and decisively. The third song, In Paradisum, introduces the harp. The soprano melody is modeled very closely on the Gregorian chant based on this text. A gentle climax occurs on the text “habeas eternam,” and the song slowly winds down to its end, having laid to rest life’s struggles in the eternity of heaven. Duration: 12:30

Additional Information

Product Number 8068
Available Editions Full/Vocal Score for Chamber Version, 8068
Violin and Harp Parts, 8102
Full Score for String Orchestra version, 8556
Instrumental Parts, 8556A

In paradisum (extract):
Choral/Full Score, 8103
Instrumental Parts, 8103A

Everyone Sang: Vocal Music of David Conte (CD Recording), CD182
Composer Conte, David
Voicing & Instruments Soprano Solo, Violin, Harp, and Organ or String Orchestra
Instrumentation String Orchestra: Solo Violin, Harp, Strings 6-6-4-4-2
Season General
Special Services/Occasions 9/11 Service, Memorial
Character/Topics Hope/Assurance, Lament/Grief/Sorrow
Difficulty Moderately Difficult
Language of Text Latin
Historical Period 21st Century
Popular Vocal Searches Vocal Solo
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company

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