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Requiem (Weinberg Edition Vol 3)

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Requiem  (Weinberg Edition Vol 3)
Requiem  (Weinberg Edition Vol 3)


WEINBERG was born in Warsaw in 1919. When Nazi Germany invaded Poland, he had no alternative but to flee to the Soviet Union. He made his way eastwards by foot, holding the hand of his sister Ester, two years his junior. After a few kilometres the walking had injured her feet and she returned to her parents. WEINBERG never saw the three of them again; this trauma continued to haunt him even at an advanced age. He always understood his composing to be the work of mourning, and considered it his life's task to remind people, with music, of the tragic fate of his family together with the millions of murdered Jews. All of WEINBERG's major compositions are magnificent. This is especially true of the REQUIEM, written in 1965-67 and setting poems by Federico García Lorca, amongst others. It is not so much a religious work as an anti-war monument. The Requiem is a large-scale work with very demanding vocal parts. A boys' choir is included, as in the Sixth Symphony. But this work also incorporates a mixed choir and a soprano soloist. The American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945 had plainly shown people a new destructive power of war. WEINBERG succeeded in presenting a general criticism of war above and beyond any national standpoint of the victors and the defeated.


  1. Name
  2. Bread and Iron
  3. And Then...
  4. There Will Come Soft Rains
  5. Hiroshima Five-line Stanzas
  6. People Walked...
  7. Sow the Seed
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