During the first half of the nineteenth century, Cherubini’s setting quickly became the requiem of choice, and was performed at funerals and commemorations of French public figures, as well as in music festivals and concert halls all over Europe. As one of the most performed requiems of the age, second only to Mozart’s, it is strange that this work fell into obscurity by the end of the century. Composed for orchestral accompaniment, there is no known extant organ part. An organ transcription is a common approach when considering other masterworks, yet is surprisingly absent for this work, so a transcription was specifically written for this performance. The transcription does not intend to imitate the orchestration of strings, winds, and brass, but rather lend a distinct voice to speak to Cherubini’s style and word-setting.
|Published - 15 May 2022
|WASO Chorus Sings: Cherubini's Requiem - St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth, Australia
Duration: 15 May 2022 → 15 May 2022