Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem is one of the most well-loved works in the choral repertoire and we are delighted to feature it in this year’s Autumn Concert. Fauré’s homage to the dead was composed between the deaths of his father, in 1885, and his mother, two-and-a-half years later. Given the circumstances, the work seems remarkably restrained, devout and – at times – uplifting. Fauré saw death as eternal rest, when the soul is at peace, surrounded by the ‘light’ of an gracious and forgiving God, a view which is perfectly reflected in his setting of the Requiem.
The text of the Cantique de Jean Racine, ‘Verbe égal au Tres-Haut’, is a French paraphrase by Jean Racine of a Latin hymn from the breviary for Matins. It was set by Fauré – then aged only 19 – for a composition competition at the École Niedermeyer de Paris, and it won him the first prize. The style shows similarities with his Requiem, and we are following a long-established tradition in performing the two works together.
Tickets for this concert will be on sale approximately one month before the concert.
Date(s) - 19/11/2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm