Brahms Requiem

Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Thursday, 8 November 2012 at 7:30 pm
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45– J. Brahms

Tickets may be purchased at the Door for cash or check made out to Saint Thomas Church.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

$95 Prime and $75 Preferred seats are assigned in the center and on front sides. $45 Standard &  $35 student/senior tickets are open seating (first come first served) at the back, sides and balcony.

A German Requiem is Brahms’s greatest choral work. It is also among the best loved Requiems outside the liturgical settings of the Latin requiem mass. Brahms deliberately chose words from the Lutheran Bible to console the bereaved, emphasizing everlasting joy and victory over the grave. The seven movements of the work are laid out as an arch, buttressed by the invocations of ‚ÄúSelig sind‚Äù ‚Äì blessed be those who mourn, or those who have died. Brahms may have written the Requiem in memory of his mother, who died in 1856; it is likely also that he had in mind his great friend and mentor, Robert Schumann, whose madness and tragic death had profoundly affected him. Brahms stated that his intention was to write a Requiem to comfort the living, not one for the souls of the dead. Consequently the work’s universal message focuses on faith in the Resurrection rather than fear of the Day of Judgment.
Brahms was preoccupied with the idea of composing a Requiem, but only in 1866, when he was 33, did he begin serious work on it. He completed it the following year with the exception of the fifth movement, which he added later in order to achieve a more balanced structure. In its incomplete form Ein deutsches Requiem was first heard in Bremen Cathedral on Good Friday 1868. The final version was performed the following year at Leipzig’s Gewandhaus concert hall.
We invite you to hear this inspired masterpiece in concert at Saint Thomas. The program features noted Metropolitan Opera singer David Pittsinger who will perform the baritone solos; Sherezade Panthaki will sing the soprano solo.