Good Friday. Not have a good Friday.
A requiem is a mass for the dead - a "proper" not an "ordinary" mass. I won't get into the tall weeds on the difference other than an observing the "ordinary" is following the normal mass or service flow and a "proper" is parts of the mass "not ordinarily" observed Sunday to Sunday (or Saturday at 4p)
The French composer, Gabriel Faure, wrote this beauty in the 1890s. That period in Paris, those ten
The piece has a duration of about 35 minutes. It consists of seven movements:
- Introït et Kyrie (D minor)
- Offertoire (B minor)
- Sanctus (E-flat major)
- Pie Jesu (B-flat major)
- Agnus Dei et Lux Aeterna (F major)
- Libera Me (D minor)
- In Paradisum (D major)
That last movement, "In Paradisum" (in Paradise), is, well, how can I say it other than a few minutes of absolute beauty. On this Good Friday, 2014 at sunrise, well..it takes my breath. I'll post below that section that is performed best in my mind and the full Requiem below it.
Listen some and go about your day....it might put you, however, in a gentler frame of mind.