REQUIEM

"Requiem" was written in 2013/14 and is a work for solace in a moment of remembrance and honor of the dead. Unlike many settings of the requiem of the past, this work is not dedicated to any specific person or group of people, but are here to give comfort and hope to those who have experienced grief of losing loved ones. In this work I’m continuing the idea of incorporating newer poetry in addition to the Latin texts of the requiem mass. In Emily Dickinson’s poem “Not in vain”, she talks about helping those who suffer in deep grief and despair. It is a message of being sensitive for the welfare of others, of kindness and compassion. “We Remember Them” is based on a text from the Jewish Prayer Book. Often prayed on Holocaust Memorial Day the text reminds us how important it is to remember. As long as we remember and as long as we live, they too shall live.

Read full program note here.

Commissioned by the Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir and conductor Bjørn Moe, Trondheim, Norway, and was premiered in the Nidaros Cathedral on April 6, 2014. The work had its New York premiere in Carnegie Hall in 2017.

  • SATB or TTBB

    VOICING

  • 2013/14

    YEAR

  • 50 minutes

    DURATION

  • Requiem Mass, Emily Dickinson, and Anon. 20th century

    WORDS

SCORES

 

SATB, Solo Mezzo Soprano & Child Soprano Vocal Score

Printed scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, J. W. Pepper

 Digital scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing (Enter catalog number 1556)

SATB Full score and Parts (Trumpet, percussion and strings)

Printed scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, J. W. Pepper

TTBB, Solo Baritone & Child Soprano Vocal Score

Printed scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, J. W. Pepper

 Digital scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing (Enter catalog number 1557)

TTBB Full Score and Parts (Trumpet, percussion and strings)

Printed scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, J. W. Pepper

 

THE TEXT

1. Requiem aeternam

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.

Et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,

Et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem

Exaudi orationem meam

Ad te omnis caro veniet.

 

2. Dies irae

Dies irae, dies illa

Solvet saeclum in favilla,

Teste David cum Sibylla.

 

Quantus tremor est futurus,

Quando judex est venturus,

Cuncta stricte discussurus!

 

Tuba mirum spargens sonum

Per sepulcra regionum,

Coget omnes ante thronum.

 

Mors stupebit et natura,

Cum resurget creatura,

Judicanti responsura.

 

Liber scriptus proferetur,

In quo totum continetur,

Unde mundus judicetur.

 

Judex ergo cum sedebit,

Quidquid latet apparebit.

Nil inultum remanebit.

 

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?

Quem patronum rogaturus,

Cum vix justus sit securus?

 

3. Not in Vain (Emily Dickinson)

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain:

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

 

Kyrie, eleison!

Christe, eleison!

Kyrie, eleison!

 

4. Lacrimosa

Lacrimosa dies illa,

Qua resurget ex favilla

Judicandus homo reus.

Huic ergo parce, Deus.

 

5. Rex tremendae

Rex tremendae majestatus

qui salvandos salvas gratis

sale me, fons pietatis

 

Recordare, Jesu pie,

Quod sum causa tuae viae:

Ne me perdas illa die.

 

Quaerens me, sedisti, lassus;

Redemisti crucem passus;

Tantus labor non sit cassus.

 

Juste Judex ultionis,

Donum fac remissionis

Ante diem rationis.

 

Ingemisco tanquam reus,

Culpa rubet vultus meus;

Supplicanti parce, Deus.

 

Qui Mariam absolvisti,

Et latronem exaudisti,

Mihi quoque spem dedisti.

 

Preces meae non sunt dignae,

Sed tu, bonus, fac benigne,

Ne perenni cremer igne.

 

Inter oves locum praesta,

Et ab hoedis me sequestra,

Statuens in parte dextra.

 

Confutatis maledictis

Flammis acribus addictis,

Voca me cum benedictus.

 

Oro supplex et acclinis,

Cor contritum quasi cinis,

Gere curam mei finis.

 

6. Pie Jesu

Pie Jesu Domine,

Dona eis requiem.

 

Pie Jesu Domine,

Dona eis requiem sempiternam.

 

7. Sanctus

Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus

Dominus Deus Sabaoth!

Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.

Hosanna in excelsis!

 

8. We Remember Them (Anon. 20th century)

In the rising of the sun,

in the bowing of the wind,

in the blueness of the skies,

in the rustling of the leaves.

We remember them.

 

In the beginning of the year 

and when it ends,

when we are wary and lost

and in need of strength.

We remember them.

 

So long as we live they too shall live.

Amen.

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