Requiem lux aeternam (satb choir with chamber orchestra)
by Paul-Antoni Bonetti (2009)
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Being enchanted by ancient plainsong melody, it is in this spirit that I have sought to incorporate the original requiem chants as found in the Liber Usualis (manual of early church plain- song). In the majority of cases, the Latin texts are allied to their respective plainsong melodies verbatim; albeit fashioned within a differing array of harmonic, polyphonic and musical contexts.
I am often led to wonder whether there is a popular misconception that the requiem is focussed on themes of death, grief, and the passing of life. From a spiritual point of view, it can be viewed as a celebration of life, eternal rest, and the renewal and resurrection of life. Light is also a central theme of the requiem, and as the overall title suggests, one that is personally significant in the writing of this work. Light is musically represented throughout the work in the instance of luminous textures, shimmering percussion and string sounds, and clustered notes.
Amidst the noise and haste of our busy lives, I offered this piece up as an opportunity to spend time in poignant refflection.
Instrumentation: SSAATTBB chamber choir, counter-tenor soloist, timpani, percussion (2 players), electronics, string orchestra (violin I, violin II, viola, cello, and double bass or bass guitar).
Duration: 25 min.
Contents note: I. Introit: Isaiah 60:1 -- II. Reqiuem Aeternam -- III. Lux Aeterna -- IV. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.
Commission note: Commissioned by Brisbane Chamber Choir.. Commissioned by Brisbane Chamber Choir as part of a Q150, Queensland 150th Anniversary Funding Grant.
- In the form/style of: Spiritual and Sacred Music
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