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November 3rd, 2008 - Fauré's Requiem
Fauré's Requiem



This year, the Cathedral Boys' and Adult Choirs will sing the famous musical setting of the Requiem Mass by Gabriel Fauré. This takes place at 5.30pm on All Souls Day, Monday 3rd November. It will be sung as part of the liturgy of the evening mass.

The treble solo in the hauntingly beautiful Pie Jesu will be sung by a chorister in the boys' choir. The liturgy will also include the Introit, Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei and In Paradisum.

The cathedral choirs sing many of Fauré's other mass settings, including the seldom performed Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville, a joint work by Fauré and André Messager.

The first version of the Requiem was completed in 1887, and underwent various revisions and re-orchestrations until the final version of 1900. The Requiem was also performed at Fauré's own funeral.

Writing about his most famous work, Faure is recorded as saying: "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."



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