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Requiem Op.148
By Robert Schumann

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Vocal soloists, choir and orchestra
Composed by Robert Schumann. Edited by Bernhard R. Appel. This edition: Full-cloth binding. Sheet music. Robert Schumann - Neue Ausgabe samtlicher Werke. Classical. Score. Op. 148. 231 pages. Schoenberg #RSA 1034. Published by Schoenberg (HL.49011968).

Item Number: HL.49011968

ISBN 9783795793319. 10.0x13.5x1.006 inches.

As late as 1830, Robert Schumann described himself as 'religious without religion'. Nevertheless, in 1852, he composed within four months not only Missa sacra but also his Requiem, a touching work which unfortunately is only seldom performed.It may well be that the external reason for their creation was the obligation, inherent in his new position in Dusseldorf, to write two church music pieces a year. But Schumann turned to the topic of religion internally as well. In a letter to August Strackerjahn from January 1851 he wrote: 'To devote his powers to religious music probably remains the artist's ultimategoal.' In this work, he combined the 'sacred dignity of the old music with therich ornamentation of the newer one'. As in Missa sacra, the free handling of the liturgical text is conspicuous.

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