On Sunday, November 5, we will conclude our celebration of the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls by offering a concert from our choir. Under the direction of Michael Langham, they will be singing Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.” The concert begins at 5pm and is free to all.
“A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest — traditionally for the deceased. The five movements of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living (2013) however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. The opening movement sets the traditional Introit and Kyrie texts — pleas for rest and mercy — using ever-increasing elaborations on a simple three-note descending motive. The second movement sets Scriptural texts that speak of the turmoil and sorrow which face humanity, while yet invoking musical and textual allusions to the Dies Irae. The Agnus Dei is performed next as a plea for deliverance and peace; the Sanctus, following it, offers three different glimpses of the “heavens and earth, full of Thy glory,” all of which develop the same musical motive: an ethereal opening section inspired by images of space from the Hubble Space Telescope, a stirring middle section inspired by images of our own planet as viewed from the International Space Station, and a closing section which brings the listener down to Earth, where cities teem with the energy of humanity. The Lux Aeterna which then closes the work portrays light, peace, and rest — for both the deceased and the living.” (from www.danforrest.com)