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Charles Gounod: Requiem in C: Piano

Vocal Score | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Instrumentation Piano
Composer Charles Gounod
Editor Barbara Großmann
Publisher Carus Verlag

Charles Gounod's Requiem Op. Posth in C for SATB and Piano.

Charles Gounod composed this Requiem under the impact of the death of his four-year-old grandson, Maurice. According to information handed down, while finishing the details of this work he was overtaken by death. It was published posthumously in various constellations by his pupil, Henri Busser, but the only complete version from the pen of Gounod is the version for large orchestra, which is published here for the first time in a critical edition.

Gounod’s Requiem, unlike many contemporary settings of the Mass of the Dead, is not characterized by darkness and terror. Rather, with all of its trepidation – expressed through a marked chromaticism – an atmosphere of hopeful expectation, of trust in the grace and equity of the divine judge predominates. This confidence finds its expression in the choice of the fundamental key of C major, which is rather unusual for a requiem. The work was given an impressive performance on the occasion of the first anniversary of Gounod’s death in the Parisian church of Sainte-Madeleine under the direction of Gabriel Fauré and it was highly acclaimed by the contemporary press.

Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Vocal Score
Genre Sacred
Pages 44
ISMN 9790007095758
Edition Number CV 27.315/03
Catalog No. CV2731503
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