Classical Music - Fauré’s Requiem

“It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death,” said French composer Gustave Fauré about the funeral mass he wrote in 1888. “But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.” Fauré’s piece, which is being performed tonight by Lewes’ own East Sussex Community Choir, was a radical work in its time: he took two traditional elements out of the Mass, the Dies Irae, and the Rex Tremendae, adding in their place the In Paradisum; thus he got rid of the idea of hellfire and damnation, replacing it with a more comforting vision of the afterlife.

The East Sussex Community Choir, run by the County Council and directed by Jozif Koc, is composed of talented adult amateurs who train every week of term-time in Priory Chapel, where they are performing Fauré’s masterpiece tonight, as well as other well known French choral works. However powerfully the choir perform Fauré’s Requiem, we are sure they will not achieve the poignancy of the requiem’s most famous rendition in 1922 during the composer’s funeral. AG

Gustave Fauré: so unafraid of death he wrote his own requiem
Priory Chapel, Mountfield Road, Lewes
When? 7.30pm
When? £5/£3 concs

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