Join us for a Special All Souls Day Mass
Saturday, November 2nd at 7pm
Fauré’s requiem is regarded as a masterwork of Romantic Period French liturgical music. Though not a complete setting of the traditional Latin Requiem, Fauré’s six movement work is both transcendent and and inspiring. Fauré himself wrote of the Requiem:
“It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience… As to my Requiem, perhaps I have also instinctively sought to escape from what is thought right and proper, after all the years of accompanying burial services on the organ! I know it all by heart. I wanted to write something different.”
The Requiem will be presented in the context for which it was originally intended, the Holy Mass. We will use the orchestration for chamber ensemble, which is widely regarded as the most authentic representation of Faure’s original work. Parishioners, friends, guests, and non-Catholics alike are warmly invited to attend.