Monday, March 05, 2012

Music Monday--Maurice Durufle

I heard this piece on Catholic Radio and was intrigued by the blend of chant, organ and musical layering, counter-melody and the unexpected keys involved. The basic chant is the same one we use at Mass during Lent and Advent, but with added keys, voices and parts.

This Agnus Dei, Requiem is used during the Mass for the Dead.

Agnus Dei, Qui tolis pecata mundi, dona eis requiem translates into
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them rest.


Michele said...

oooh! love your saint patrick theme!

Staying in Balance said...

Thanks! Be a proud Catholic this St. Patrick's Day!

Barbara Schoeneberger said...

I have a large collection of Requiems dating from the 1200s. Durufle's Requiem and Faure's Requiem are both just beautiful. Thanks for this post.

Staying in Balance said...

Wow! That sounds like a great collection to have! I think I sung Faure's (or someone's) Requiem, back in the day.

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