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Portsmouth Choral Union sing Requiem by Maurice Durufle

Requiem by Maurice Durufle
Conductor: David Gostick
Organ: Ian Richardson
Soprano – Faye Eldret

Parry – I was glad
Handel – Zadok the Priest
Mendelssohn – Hear My Prayer

The Requiem, op. 9, by Maurice Duruflé was commissioned in 1947 by the French music publisher Durand and is written in memory of the composer’s father. At the time of commission, Duruflé was working on an organ suite using themes from Gregorian chants. He incorporated his sketches for that work into the Requiem, which uses numerous themes from the Gregorian “Mass for the Dead.” Nearly all the thematic material in the work comes from chant.

Maurice Duruflé’s haunting Requiem – one of the most beautiful of 20th century choral masterpieces – Amid the terrors of wartime France, Maurice Duruflé imagined a music that seemed to exist outside of time – a Requiem of profound beauty and limitless consolation, in which ancient chants blossomed, like bare branches in springtime, into melodies that sink quietly into your soul.
Saturday 25 May 2024 at 5.30 p.m. - 6.45 p.m.

Tickets: www.pcuchoir.org
Adults: £17.50 Children / Students: £2.50
email: pcutickets@gmail.com
St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 5PA
Sat 25 May
Website: www.pcuchoir.org