Verdi - Requiem

Saturday, 28 September 2019, 7:30 pm

Eton College School Hall

Verdi’s Requiem is one of the most thrilling choral masterpieces ever composed. This great work appeared towards the end of Verdi’s life at a time when he had already created such famous operas as ‘Aida’, ‘Il Trovatore’ and ‘La Traviata, Verdi’s unique musical creation of the Requiem provides strong dramatic music, which is brilliantly contrasted with magical sections of music with a quieter nature. The ‘Dies irae’ and ‘Tuba mirum’ are two of the most exciting sections of choral music ever composed and there are many more different parts of the score featuring glorious choral music alongside wonderfully varied radiant and dramatic music for the four solo singers. Verdi’s outstanding setting of the Requiem Mass is a unique masterpiece.

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Family Carols

Sunday 15 December 2019, 2:45pm

Eton College School Hall


Dvořák - Mass in D

Rutter - Requiem

Saturday 11 January 2020

Two major fascinating works by Dvořák and Rutter will make up a very fine programme in Eton College Chapel. John Rutter’s setting of the Requiem is wonderfully composed and especially moving, with a brilliantly joyful ‘Sanctus’. When the score was first published there were numerous fine performances and these included five hundred in America in the first six months. Dvořák’s Mass in D major is a glorious lyrical work throughout. The opening ‘Kyrie’ has a really appealing melody which works up to a highly effective crescendo half way through the movement. When this was performed at a Prom Concert in the Royal Albert Hall, the audience of six thousand people burst into applause in the middle of this opening movement.