Edwards, Stephen / Requiem For My Mother
Album: Requiem For My Mother   Collection:Classical
Artist:Edwards, Stephen   Added:Oct 2017

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2017-10-22 Pull Date: 2017-12-24 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Oct 29
Airplays: 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 30, 2017: Music Casserole
Requiem Aeternuam (5:25)
2. Oct 27, 2017: Magic Mix
In Paradisum (5:51), Requiem Aeternuam (5:25)

Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2017-10-22
Stephen Edwards, who has scored more than 60 movies, composed this requiem in memory of his mother, who began his musical education, and ultimately died of cancer. He notes that a requiem is a Catholic service that sends the soul “from the living world to the cosmic world.” He felt it “couldn’t be big enough,” and so scored it for a 60-voice children’s and a 200-voice adult choir plus full orchestra. The work had its premier at the Vatican. Its genesis and performance are subjects of an award-winning documentary with the same title. The orchestral writing is tonal, pungent, and the work contains high energy, beautiful singing, lyricism, drama, and a myriad of moods and nuances, echoing the journey from pathos to paradise. The high opening flute solo represents his mother, both a flutist and a choral director; the work’s choral character is thus doubly symbolic.

Track Listing
1. Requiem Aeternuam (5:25)   7. Pie Jesu (2:41)
2. Kyrie (3:41)   8. Pie Jesu (2:41)
3. Gradual & Tract (5:04)   9. Agnes Dei (3:40)
4. Dies Irae (4:19)   10. Communion (2:30)
5. Offertory (3:36)   11. Libera Mei (3:43)
6. Sanctus (3:39)   12. In Paradisum (5:51)