HALIFAX, WEST YORKSHIRE, UK
Requiem by Maurice Durufle
The Requiem began as an unfinished organ suite based on the plainchants for the Mass for the Dead. It consists of the nine parts of the Mass for the Dead: Introit, Kyrie, Domine Jesu Christe, Sanctus, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei, Lux aeterna, Libera me, and finally, In Paradisum which Durufle described as “the ultimate response of faith to all the questions, by the flight of the soul toward Paradise.”
Duruflé scored three different accompaniments of the work:, two orchestral versions and this version for solo organ accompaniment.
We will remember them (1917) by Edward Elgar
We will remember them is from Elgar's cantata With Proud Thanksgiving. The words are from Laurence Binyon's poem 'For The Fallen' which was first published in September 1914.
Justorum animae (1605) by William Byrd
'Justorum animae' is the Offertory for the Feast of All Saints. The text is from Wisdom 3:1–3.
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and the torment of malice shall not touch them:
in the sight of the unwise they seemed to die, but they are in peace.
Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain, Op.7 by Maurice Duruflé
The Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain is a tribute to Duruflé’s friend and colleague, Jehan Alain, who would undoubtedly have become a leading French composer, and whose life was tragically snuffed at the outset of the Second World War in 1940.
Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst (1945) by Rudolf Mauersberger
Rudolf Mauersberger was director of the renowned Dresdner Kreuzchor. 'Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst' ('How desolate lies the city'), was written after the destruction of Dresden by allied bombing in February 1945. The text is taken from the Lamentations of Jeremiah and is often seen as a bemoaning of the destroyed city and, given the biblical context, as punishment.
How ldesolate lies Jerusalem, once so full of people!
The city gates stand empty, the stones of the holy place lie strewn upon the grass before it.
He sent fire from above, a fire that burns inside me.
Is this the city of which they say, it is the most beautiful of all, over which the whole country rejoices?
She did not think that she would come to this Her downfall was terrible; no one can comfort her.
This is why we are sick at heart and can hardly see through our tears.
Why have you abandoned us so long?
Will you ever remember us again?
Bring us back to you, Lord, so that we may come home.
Bring us back!
Restore our ancient glory.
Lord, see my misery
O Lord, see my misery.