Requiem op. 148
Vocal soloists, choir and orchestra
Composed by Robert Schumann. Edited by Bernhard R. Appel. This edition: RSA 1034; Cloth-cover; Complete edition. Complete Editions. Robert Schumann - New Edition of Complete Works Band 3. Score and critical commentary. 208 pages. Published by Schott Music (SD.49011968).
Item Number: SD.49011968
As late as 1830, Robert Schumann described himself as 'religious without religion'. Nevertheless, in 1852, he composed within four months not only Missa sacra but also his Requiem, a touching work which unfortunately is only seldom performed.It may well be that the external reason for their creation was the obligation, inherent in his new position in Dusseldorf, to write two church music pieces a year. But Schumann turned to the topic of religion internally as well. In a letter to August Strackerjahn from January 1851 he wrote: 'To devote his powers to religious music probably remains the artist's ultimategoal.' In this work, he combined the 'sacred dignity of the old music with therich ornamentation of the newer one'. As in Missa sacra, the free handling of the liturgical text is conspicuous.