Monday, November 4, 2013

REQUIEM

Maurice Duruflé

David Willcocks, conductor

Choir of King's College Chapel, Cambridge

5 comments:

  1. Maybe my favorite requiem. This is the one I have on the iPod.

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  2. I love all settings of the Requiem presented here almost equally, Ducky, for the special qualities each has.

    Duruflé was strongly influenced by Fauré, but his work is not merely derivative or imitative. He wrote magnificently for the organ as well.

    As maybe you've guessed, this week on the calendar has special significance for me in very personal ways. I don't like to let it pass without giving something extra -- even if no one but you and one or two others appreciate it.

    I no longer find it strange that magnificent achievements receive scant attention while folks love to zero in on whatever seems most hideous, frightening, infuriating, obscene and depressing. It still makes me sad, but I no longer question it.

    All I can say is that I am most grateful that I can honestly love so many of the truly wonderful things out there -- and many of the homelier-less-exalted-but-still-sincere attempts to touch our hearts or express whatever charms, pleases, fascinates, and makes us laugh.

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  3. Very calming and peaceful, but then very sad.

    I haven't been able to attend church lately due to foot surgery, and I miss the organ music.

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  4. Hello, Jen.

    Good to see you here again.

    I never think of these things as sad. SOLEMN, certainly but nothing that should feed a sense of desperation and desolation.

    I, personally, do not believe that "death" is what it appears to be. I think it's merely a from of TRANSITION.

    Helen Keller in her old age was asked what she thought about death? Her answer I've always found very touching.

    She said, "I have no fear of death at all. It will simply be like passing from one room into another, only in that Other Room, I know I shall be able to see and hear."

    This great music I've been posting all week gives me the same sort of reassurance. It gives us a series of glimpses into the sublime beauty we are sure to find in that Other Room.

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  5. As I should have said right away, Jen, I hope your foot heals perfectly and you will soon be free of any pain and inconvenience.

    Prayer never fails to help me in these matters -- as long as I remember to take time for it.

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