Howard Goodall: Eternal Light - A Requiem (Vocal Score)

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Publisher: Faber Music
Composer: Howard Goodall
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

The writing of a Requiem is a special challenge for any composer. The great Requiems of the past by composers such as Mozart, Verdi and Berlioz interpret the sacred Requiem text literally, offering prayers of salvation for the departed, whose souls are assumed to be in purgatory facing a terrible judgement.

Eternal Light: A Requiem, by the award-winning British composer and internationally acclaimed broadcaster Howard Goodall is a stunning new requiem for the modern day. In contrast it is intended to provide solace to the grieving, reflecting on the words of the Latin Mass by juxtaposing them with poems in English.

Speaking about the work, Howard Goodall said "For me, a modern Requiem is one that acknowledges the unbearable loss and emptiness that accompanies the death of loved ones, a loss that is not easily ameliorated with platitudes about the joy awaiting us in the afterlife. This, like Brahms’, is a Requiem for the living, addressing their suffering and endurance, a Requiem focussing on the consequences of interrupted lives.”

This piece of sheet music was commissioned by London Musici (Artistic Director: Mark Stephenson) to celebrate its 20th anniversary. It was commissioned as both a choral-orchestral-dance piece for London Musici, The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and Rambert Dance Company (Artistic Director: Mark Baldwin) and as a choral-orchestral work.

ISBN: 9780571532308
Skill Level: Advanced Explain this
Published on: 12 September 2008
No of pages: 80
Language: English
Catalogue No: 0571532306

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        Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 6 reviews
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        Sublime music
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        Mosstodloch GB
        well written and clear production.
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        Heathfield GB
        Very approachable for choirs and audience
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        Musicroom Reviews

        This was a great crowdpleaser at my choirs most recent concert - everyone told us how much they enjoyed it afterwards. There are some stunningly gorgeous solo parts, but make sure you have some up to the job as they play a large role. Worth it even to take a few pieces out and perform as standalone pieces.
        Anonymous - ()
        Reaslly excellent music by Howard Goodall, plenty of depth in the score that enlightens when listening to the music as well.
        Anonymous - (Norwich, United Kingdom)
        Lovely work. Some peaceful moments, some tuneful ones and some exciting ones too. My 11 to 18 year olds really took to Lead Kindly and Revelation. score clearly presented and music achievable by standard choirs
        Anonymous - (Canterbury, United Kingdom)
        Our choir (a "local" Choral Society) enjoyed HG's Eternal Light. Not as "robust" as the Jenkins Armed Man, but definitely a crowd-pleaser. Particularly enjoyable if you get a chance to have a go at one of the solo parts... The only difficulties are in the nuances, so more or less any choir could take it on. Only criticism is that the choir doesn't get enough "choral" work of its own - tends to be supporting the soloists a lot. Needs good quality soloists.
        Anonymous - (Heathfield, United Kingdom)

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