Our Chancel Choir will be presenting several movements from Fauré’s Requiem at our church on Ash Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary along with violinist Jane Kittredge and harpist Jennifer Hoult.
Why a requiem on Ash Wednesday? A requiem is a mass for the dead in the Roman Catholic tradition. Typically it would consist of several specific texts that are prayers for the repose of souls after death. There are more than 2,000 musical settings of these texts, and while Fauré did not adhere strictly to the requiem mass for the movements of his composition, he chose poignant texts that emphasize the ideas of rest and peace. Although Fauré started writing this music “for the pleasure of it”—as he said in a letter to Maurice Emmanuel in March 1910—his parents had died around the same time that he started this work. It could be that his feelings about their passing influenced his choices also. Traditionally, people of faith contemplate sinful nature and human mortality on Ash Wednesday. Fauré’s Requiem offers a variation on a theme of our need for God and is a dramatic prayer of remembrance and hope for a future in God’s care. If any requiem were to feel uplifting, this one does. I hope that you will be there to experience the beauty of this meaningful music along with us on March 6th.
~ Director of Music, Jessica Allen ~