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A Lutheran Requiem?
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A LUTHERAN REQUIEM?
A review of the requiem texts and of several
musical settings of them, including excerpts of
pieces by living composers. How can these texts
be used in Christian worship? How can they
enhance the spiritual life of the congregation?
Includes the singing of several accessible settings
that can be used in your worship environment.
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The Requiem Mass
Introit
Kyrie eleison
Gradual
Tract
Sequence
Offertory
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
Communion
Pie Jesu
Libera Me
In paradisum
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Theologies of the
Requiem
Liturgical
Antoine Brumel (ca. 1460-1520),
Requiem
W. A. Mozart (1756-1791,
Requiem in D minor
Non-liturgical
Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672),
Musikalische Exequien
Johannes Brahms (1733-1797),
Ein deutsches Requiem
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901),
Messa da Requiem
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924),
Requiem in D minor
Bradley Ellingboe (b 1958),
Requiem
Howard Goodall (b 1958),
Eternal Light, A Requiem
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A Lutheran Requiem
Theological Principles
Firmly grounded in scripture
Informed throughout by the paschal spirit and the resurrection
Without intercession on behalf of the dead
Liturgical Principles
Worship, not concert -- geared to the assembly's song
Musical leadership to assist in diverse gatherings
Instructional in intent (song helps inscribe texts onto our hearts)
Accessible in style: tuneful, singable, scored for piano
"Nor do we sing any dirges or doleful songs over our dead and at the grave, but
comforting hymns of the forgiveness of sins, of rest, sleep, life, and of the resurrection
of departed Christians so that our faith may be strengthened and the people be moved
to true devotion."
"For vigils and requiem masses and yearly celebrations of requiems are useless, and are
merely the devil's annual fair."
-- Martin Luther
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A Lutheran Requiem?
Nancy M Raabe
Composer in Residence
Bethel Lutheran Church
Grove City OH
[email protected]
April 14, 2010

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