The Oklahoma Master Chorale performs Faure "Requiem and Rutter "Requiem"
Is a requiem really a requiem if it is does not follow the classic Latin liturgical text?
The Oklahoma Master Chorale invites you to answer the question for yourself. Two famous requiems will be featured at their next concert on Sunday afternoon, March 3. Neither composition uses the traditional text, yet both have won huge acclaim from audiences around the world. The performance, including the chorale , soloists, and full orchestra, will begin at 3 p.m. under the baton of director Dr. Vicki J. Schaeffer.
In 1887, French musician Gabriel Faure, in perhaps his most famous work, chose not to follow the traditional mode, but offered texts that reflected his own personal views, focusing on rest and peace. Almost a hundred years later, American composer John Rutter presented his Requiem, which like Faure's, does not reflect the standard liturgy. Instead, Rutter includes material from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer as well as the Roman Catholic mass.
In 1983, Rutter's father had recently died, and the composer wanted to honor him with a creation of original music. Since his parent had had no musical training, Rutter wrote a less structured composition that he hoped