Requiem Masses of Giuseppe Verdi & Gabriel Faure Comparison Essay by The Research Group

Requiem Masses of Giuseppe Verdi & Gabriel Faure
Compares late 19th Cent. composers' interpretations of "Mass for the Dead."
# 11614 | 2,700 words | 9 sources | 1996 | US

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"The requiem mass is a curious case of a text that has been given hundreds of different musical settings in many different forms -- from plainsong to polyphonic to orchestral -- and styles. The words of the traditional Latin form of the mass are, in themselves, very moving. But the choices composers have made over the centuries have contributed enormously to the emotional and spiritual impact of the text. Each composer who addressed the problem of setting this text had his own motivations and produced a work that bore his individual stamp. A comparison of two requiems, those by Giuseppe Verdi and Gabriel Faur?, demonstrates how the same subject and the same words can be given radically different interpretations by two fine composers. Curiously, in a religious form, neither man was a believer. Yet their Requiems possess the same or even greater spiritual..."

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