Favorite Requiems

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Kyle Judkins
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Favorite Requiems

Post by Kyle Judkins » Wed 18 Apr 2018 02:20

This is a hard one... as someone who quit art my freshman year in highschool and arbitrarily chose music as a creative outlet - I originally made and was interested in making metal...

I didn't know anything about music at all - so I went straight for "Music Theory I" and not only did it introduce me to vocal music, but also introduced me to my love of essential chromaticism - and requiems.

What is more metal to a 16 year old kid than death and music written about it? By the time I was 16 I had finished theory, joined chorus and bought the college textbook and was knee deep in the sheer power of these compositions... this especially fascinated me because I had been an atheist for my entire life essentially. Ofcourse my introduction was Mozart's - but it didn't stop my fascination. That said, I liked a few of them so much I bought the scores to them and started trying to play them on guitar haha.

So anyone else share this minor obssession? This is a list that is really hard to quantify... I tried to make a top 3, but it ended up being 5 - inwhich there are 2 ties.

tier 1: Verdi/Mozart
Powerful... aggressive... both cause me to shake my head in dissaproval when i hear them in cleaning commercials.
tier 2: Brahms
Herr is particularly haunting... very melancholic - very poetic...
tier 3: Dvorak/Faure
Dvorak is a safer pick, but Faure feels rather unique to me - as it's much softer and "prettier" than the others.

https://youtu.be/E75hqLtKJlg

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Re: Favorite Requiems

Post by Farkle » Thu 3 May 2018 01:34

Kyle, you might like Berlioz's Requiem. It's big (like 4 brass choirs, and I think over 100 choristers). It's not as strong as Mozart's Requiem, which, in my opinion, is the gold standard of requiems. But Berlioz's is full of passion, and moments of lush beauty.

EDIT: I'm a Dolt, I just checked my Spotify. Camille Saint Saens did this super cool Requiem. Tight, dramatic, more on the orchestral awesome side than the choral, but it's GOOD.

https://youtu.be/48rgzMp2jCs

Augmented structures, and mediant relationships in this bad boy. You'll love it!!

Mike

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Re: Favorite Requiems

Post by Kyle Judkins » Thu 3 May 2018 06:40

skipping through a bit, sounds like tuba mirum extended addition!

haha really though, don't want to spoil much, trying to get it on my phone for the drive to work tomorrow so I can give it a good listen while I sip upon the caffiene

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Re: Favorite Requiems

Post by Raph » Thu 3 May 2018 12:53

Big fan of Brahm's requiem. It's the only one I can recall vividly when I want. I also like the link to maternity.

Second one would be Maurice Duruflé's. So well balanced, so full of innovative ideas.

https://youtu.be/XRzPi0CA1rg

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Re: Favorite Requiems

Post by Kyle Judkins » Thu 3 May 2018 16:40

in also like that Brahms signifies the continuation of Martin luther...

breaking the Catholic monopoly on requiems...

and den alles fliesch(spelling is probably off) is truly poetic.

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Re: Favorite Requiems

Post by Jerry Engelbach » Fri 4 May 2018 01:14

Newbie here.

Thanks much for posting the Requiem of Duruflé. I was unacquainted with the piece. You've made me a new fan of it.

My two Desert Island Disk requiems have always been Mozart's and Faure's. Berlioz is a close second.

But at one level or another I love all the great ones. There's something about singing so beautifully in respect to death that makes me less apprehensive about my own.

Cheers,
Jer
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Re: Favorite Requiems

Post by Headshot » Fri 4 May 2018 01:22

Welcome Jerry

Love the Faure, Mozart and Brahms Requiem (not braaam)

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Post by Jerry Engelbach » Fri 4 May 2018 01:26

Thanks, Headshot.

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Post by sazema » Wed 30 May 2018 20:22

Faure's is my best... + if you add Bruch's Kol Nidrei to it, that becomes most pleasant and tragic combination at same time :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlZYcmFcLVE

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Re: Favorite Requiems

Post by sazema » Mon 4 Jun 2018 11:14

Even if this is marked as Symphony, it should be placed inside Requiem category... Wonderful symphony.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_pn_cVqGJQ

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