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Edwards, Stephen / Requiem For My Mother
Album:Requiem For My Mother Collection:Classical
Artist:Edwards, Stephen Added:Oct 2017

A-File Activity
Add Date:2017-10-22 Pull Date:2017-12-24 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:Oct 29

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 30, 2017:Music Casserole
Requiem Aeternuam (5:25)
2.Oct 27, 2017:Magic Mix
In Paradisum (5:51), Requiem Aeternuam (5:25)

Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2017-10-22 
Stephen Edwards, who has scored more than 60 movies, composed this requiem in memory of his mother, who began his musical education, and ultimately died of cancer. He notes that a requiem is a Catholic service that sends the soul “from the living world to the cosmic world.” He felt it “couldn’t be big enough,” and so scored it for a 60-voice children’s and a 200-voice adult choir plus full orchestra. The work had its premier at the Vatican. Its genesis and performance are subjects of an award-winning documentary with the same title. The orchestral writing is tonal, pungent, and the work contains high energy, beautiful singing, lyricism, drama, and a myriad of moods and nuances, echoing the journey from pathos to paradise. The high opening flute solo represents his mother, both a flutist and a choral director; the work’s choral character is thus doubly symbolic.

Track Listing
1.Requiem Aeternuam (5:25) 7.Pie Jesu (2:41)
2.Kyrie (3:41) 8.Pie Jesu (2:41)
3.Gradual & Tract (5:04) 9.Agnes Dei (3:40)
4.Dies Irae (4:19) 10.Communion (2:30)
5.Offertory (3:36) 11.Libera Mei (3:43)
6.Sanctus (3:39) 12.In Paradisum (5:51)