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Eternal Light: A Requiem

By Howard Goodall

Choir Sacred
Composed by Howard Goodall. Choral (Sacred); Choral Worship Cantata; Larger Works; Performance Music Ensemble; Worship Resources. Faber Edition. Sacred. Vocal score. Faber Music #12-0571532306. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571532306).

Item Number: AP.12-0571532306

ISBN 0571532306. English.

The writing of a Requiem is a special challenge for any composer. The great Requiems of the past by composers such as Mozart, Verdi and Berlioz interpret the sacred Requiem text literally, offering prayers of salvation for the departed, whose souls are assumed to be in purgatory facing a terrible judgement.

Eternal Light: A Requiem, by the award-winning British composer and internationally acclaimed broadcaster Howard Goodall is a stunning new requiem for the modern day. In contrast it is intended to provide solace to the grieving, reflecting on the words of the Latin Mass by juxtaposing them with poems in English. Speaking about the work, Howard Goodall said "For me, a modern Requiem is one that acknowledges the unbearable loss and emptiness that accompanies the death of loved ones, a loss that is not easily ameliorated with platitudes about the joy awaiting us in the afterlife. This, like Brahms', is a Requiem for the living, addressing their suffering and endurance, a Requiem focussing on the consequences of interrupted lives.".

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  • 2009-04-16 00:00:00.0 Mesmerized by this new requiem!

    I heard about this new work by Howard Goodall when it premiered in London end of 2008 and eagerly awaited its arrival in the US - and I was not disappointed at all. The man is a musical genius and this Requiem is set to be a choral society hit (just...

    like his arrangement of Psalm 23). Happy I got my hands on this vocal score before word got to my fellow directors! Audio tracks also available for download on certain sites - exceptionally beautiful.

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