Requiem for the Living
Sunday, April 07, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
By Dan Forrest - Performed by the FUMC Chancel Choir, Soloists, Chamber Orchestra
A Requiem is a prayer for rest and, most often, written to remember the deceased. This five movement work by Dan Forrest is written just as much for the living as they struggle with pain and sorrow. The opening movement pleads for rest and mercy while the second movement employs scriptural texts that speak of the turmoil and sorrow which the survivors must face.
The Agnus Dei is performed as a plea for deliverance and peace and the Sanctus offers a glimpse of heaven and earth, full of Thy glory. The final movement, Lux Aeterna, portrays light, peace, and rest for both the deceased and the living.
Requiem for the Living was commissioned by the Hickory, North Carolina, Choral Society and first performed 2013. The piece is Dan Forrest’s largest work to date and was written in 2012.