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Brahms's German Requiem and Vaughan Williams's Five Mystical Songs

Saturday November 10, 2018 at 19:30
Romsey Abbey, Romsey
£18, £15 (unreserved £12); children and students half price
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  1. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) Op 45 - Johannes Brahms, arranged by the composer for piano 4 hands, soloists and choir
  2. Five Mystical Songs - Ralph Vaughan Williams

The programme for Romsey Choral Society’s Remembrance Day concert features Brahms‘s German Requiem and Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs. 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One and many families across several countries will be sharing a feeling of intense loss. Music is the universal healer and the chosen works are full of spiritual intensity, tenderness and sorrow.

Brahms set a text from the Lutheran Bible, rather than the more commonly used liturgical Latin. This was his first major success, prompted by the death of his mother in 1865. The texts provide comfort, helping the living to have hope and come to terms with bereavement.

Ralph Vaughan Williams’s setting of Five Mystical Songs by the poet George Herbert starts with the Easter chorus, a season associated with new birth, and the chorus 'Love bade me welcome' reinforcing the theme of hope and reconciliation.

Romsey Abbey’s atmospheric building, the focus of worship for many years, offers a wonderful acoustic to allow full expression to the selection of prayers and poems chosen by the composers for their sublime works.

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