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The Bearsden Choir is delighted to be partnered with Erskine Veterans' Charity in a special Remembrance Day Concert in November 2019. We are performing two works which have special relevance to such a momentous occasion.
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) was an organist and Professor at the Paris Conservatoire. His Requiem, finished in 1947, was greatly influenced by the Gregorian burial mass and these themes occur throughout the work. Originally set for choir and full orchestra, his third version has the more restrained setting we hear today. Duruflé summed up his own piece as follows:
‘This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings of detachment from human concerns. It reflects, in the unchanging form of Christian prayer, the anguish of man faced with the mystery of his final end.’
Vaughn Williams Dona Nobis Pacem (Give us peace) was written and first performed in 1936. The work is a response to the slaughter of the 1914-18 war and a fervent hope that such a thing never happens again. The text is taken from the Roman Catholic Mass, the poems of Walt Whitman, a speech by the Quaker John Bright who was speaking against the Crimean War and the Bible.