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May 5, 6, 7, 2017: Brahms’ Requiem
John DeMain, Conductor; Nathan Laube, Organ; Devon Guthrie, Soprano; Timothy Jones, Bass-Baritone; Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
CHARLES STANFORD Concert Piece for Organ and Orchestra*
JOHANNES BRAHMS A German Requiem
Stanford was an English composer and teacher at the Royal College of Music at Cambridge. One of his greatest musical legacies was studying and teaching alongside other great composers like Vaughn Williams, Holst, Ireland and Howells. Concert Piece for Organ and Orchestra is Stanford’s most sparingly orchestrated symphony, a full-toned lyrical treatment of Irish tunes.
Brahms once remarked that this piece should be titled “A Human Requiem”. It’s believed that the deaths of his mentor Robert Schumann and Brahms’ mother were the inspiration for the composition. With an immense musical arch, the German Requiem has foundations firmly planted in the first and seventh movements, embodying the circle of life and death. It is considered one of the finest choral works of Western music