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Requiem (1987)

for TTBB chorus, tenor solo, bass solo, 2 cornets, 3 horns, tuba, and 2 pianos
duration: 1 hour

A complete setting of the Latin text, Requiem is scored for 4-part men’s chorus with solo voices, pianos, and an ensemble of similarly constituted (conical bore) brass instruments. It is dedicated to the memory of my grandmother, Hilda Rish Pender, an organist and pianist for whom music held special meaning.

Requiem has garnered critical praise: “an original, accessible and moving setting of universally appealing words” (the Washington Times), and the Washington Post described the composer as having “a good ear for melody and a keen sense for the dramatic.” John Barry Talley, former music director at the U.S. Naval Academy, who premiered the work there on April 24, 1988, said: “This is compellingly beautiful music with well-defined, soaring melodies and full, lush harmonies.”

 
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The audio excerpts below are from a February 5, 1989, performance at Gaston Hall, Georgetown University. Conductor Ernest Liotti leads an ensemble which includes: The DaCamera Singers, Northwood Chancel Choir, faculty & students of Georgetown University, Richard Turner (tenor solo), Jerome Hall, S.J. (bass solo), Alexander Norris & Mic Smith (cornets), Karrie Henselman, Jennifer Smith, & Anthony Valerio (horns), Scott Tarabour (tuba), and John Schillingberg & Scott Thigpen (pianos).

Introit and Kyrie
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Gradual and Tract (excerpt)
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Sequence: Dies irae (excerpt)
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Sequence (continued): Quid sum miser (excerpt)
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Sequence (conclusion): Inter oves
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Offertory: Domine Jesu (excerpt)
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Sanctus
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Agnus Dei
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Communion: Lux aeterna
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