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Requiem, A Dramatic Dialogue in Five Parts (Choral Score)

By Randall Thompson

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SATB/SATB choir unaccompanied or with optional double string quartet
Composed by Randall Thompson (1899-1984). Multi-Movement/Large Choral Work. Catholic Year C All Souls Day. Funeral, 20th Century, Faith, Lament/Grief/Sorrow, Praise/Thanksgiving. Full choral score. Duration 1 minute. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #2459. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.2459).

Item Number: EC.2459

ISBN 600313424595. 8.5" x 11" inches.

Commissioned on February 23, 1957 by the University of California and completed in March of 1958, this work is not a liturgical Mass. It is a Requiem cast in the form of a dramatic dialogue between two SATB choruses depicting the triumph of faith over death. The performance time is approximately an hour if one honors the composer's wish for a two-minute pause between each of the five parts.

This work can be done a cappella. Alternatively, the composer wrote an accompaniment for two string quartets for which the score and parts are available on rental. (Essentially Quartet I doubles Chorus I and Quartet II doubles Chorus II.) The strings undergird the choral parts and are not intended to replace a chorus nor to be performed without the singers. Duration 1:00

I. Lamentations
II. The Triumph of Faith
III. The Call to Song
IV. The Garment of Praise
V. The Leave-taking

View and listen to The Philadelphia Singers recording!

Check out the Podcast: The resurrection of a requiem. Randall Thompson's choral masterpiece.

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