Found Sounds: UNCG Musicology Journal

Reimagination of the Requiem: From “For the Mass” to “For the Masses”

Yophi Bost


In this article, the author explores the transition of the requiem as a musical form.  She explains the ways in which different composers set the text to change the tone and message of the overall work. The author also examines the changing themes in relation to the theories of humanism. The essay examines the works of Verdi, Brahms, and Dan Forest as examples of different text settings and alterations. 


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