Gabriel Faure: Requiem (SATB)

Gabriel Faure: Requiem (SATB)

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: SATB, Piano Accompaniment (SATB/PFA)
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced - Explain this
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Catalogue #: NOV072304
ISBN: 9780853604082


Gabriel Faure’s unconventional composition Requiem has become a firm favourite in the repertoire and available here is the vocal score, for Soloists and SATB Choir with Piano Accompaniment, as edited by Desmond Ratcliffe.
Requiem is probably the most famous of Gabriel Faure's long works, taking him around 20 years to compose. The entire piece consists of seven movements with a total playing time of around 35 minutes. Although Faure's mother and father both passed away in the early stages of composition, these tragic events were not the motivation for him to create the piece. Equally interestingly, this Requiem is not set to the standard liturgical text, with the wrathful 'Dies Irae' and 'Tuba Mirum' being omitted, and a lyrical 'Pie Jesu' and transcendent 'Paradisum' being added. The omissions were ordinarily opportunities for composers to showcase the dramatic possibilities of a chorus and orchestra to symbolise damnation, and so their deliberate exclusion by Faure creates a relatively calm and peaceful atmosphere, with sublime vocal harmonies and heavenly melodies.
The work begins softly before dynamic volume and tempo changes are made throughout the piece, enhancing the solemn beauty of the voices. Stunning interplay between the Sopranos and Baritones gives way to some excellent opportunities for soloists that are perfectly married with the uplifting unison climaxes. Faure himself spoke eloquently about the Requiem, stating that his work was accurately called a "lullaby of death", and that this speaks to his view that death is a positive transition, rather than a painful experience. It is this sentiment that informs the music, being melancholy but not depressing, heart-wrenching but not heart-breaking.
For singers and listeners alike, Gabriel Faure's Requiem is one of the most famous and beautiful choral works ever created. This great quality sheet music is accurate and a pleasure to read, doing this masterful composition justice. The Requiem is certainly unconventional, but not too difficult for most choirs, and is guaranteed to leave your audiences speechless.
Please not that this work is a setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead, and thus the lyrics are in Latin. 

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Scores 9.7 out of 10 based on 44 reviews
10 out of 10


GB Community choir music librarian
Wonderful piece of music
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Confirmed purchase: 08 December 2016
Published on: 12 January 2017
10 out of 10


Mansfield GB Librarian, Mansfield Choral Society
Clear print, probably the most used edition of the Faure.
A 3rd staple would hold the pages together that bit better - libararians, reach for the long-reach stapler!
Confirmed purchase: 10 November 2016
Published on: 24 November 2016

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Musicroom Reviews

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Customer Rating An eminently singable if unconventional piece.
My favourite Requiem, it lacks a Dies Irae and concentrates more on the love of God than on Hell and damnation. That said, the Offertorium with its plea to God not throw us down into hell is a powerful movement.

Keith Underdown

Customer Rating A very good Requiem with one of my favorite tunes, the Libera Me. A stunning piece of music.
Ben Ferguson

Customer Rating Really pleased with the service. It arrived so quickly and just what I wanted. Now have to order further copies for other members of the choir who want their own copy rather then borrow one.
See more reviews by bigmamaday - (Waterlooville, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating A clear and authoritative edition.
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Customer Rating The Novello edition appears to be a very clear edition, though there are some slight differences compared with other editions. We were very pleased with the speed of delivery from Musicroom, even to an offshore island, so thanks. As our choir has quite a lot of non-readers, we hope to complete the learning process over two seasons.

Customer Rating A brilliantly clear edition of this popular work. My order arrived in less than 24 hours,perfectly packaged.I have ordered nearly 50 copies over several years and the price has remained pretty constant.A good product at a reasonable price.
See more reviews by John F - (Wolverhampton, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating I love this piece, and it's fun to play. One thing I would say however, is that the book is quite small, therefore making it fairly hard to see.

Customer Rating As usual musicroom have done a brilliant job. And this edition of the Requiem is excellent. Easy to follow, clear, good notes for info. can't fault it.
See more reviews by Amandasings - (Leicester, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating These editions are brilliant. Clear and easy to follow, interesting notes for information, very good value.
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Customer Rating New copy as described. Arrived quickly in the post. Good purchase.

Customer Rating 5*
See more reviews by sweeny - (Romford, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating A very good edition of a masterpiece.

Customer Rating Whilst I prefer the Rutter edition of Faure Requiem, this offers a version with a far more useable paino accompaniment.

Customer Rating The music 'books' were just what I wanted and received very quickly. I could not have asked more of the service.

Customer Rating I ordered 26 copies of Faure's Requiem on 17th Jan and they arrived on 20th Jan as promised. I couldn't have asked for better service. Thank you.

Customer Rating Everything you would expect from an established World Favourite Requiem. Thank you Musicroom.

Customer Rating Very pleased with the Faure's Requiem music scores. I ordered one and then two days later was asked to order another one for a friend. Both arrived within two days of ordering them.

More Product Details

Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 30/04/1993
Format: Vocal Score
Length: 52 pages
Language: Latin
Publisher: Novello & Co Ltd.
Editor: Desmond Ratcliffe

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