Sergei Slonimsky
1932 - 2020
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S.M. Slonimsky
Sergei Mikhailovich [Sergei] Slonimsky (12/08/1932 - 09/02/2020), is a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and musicologist (from Leningrad). He was the son of the Soviet writer Mikhail Slonimsky and nephew of the Russian-American composer Nicolas Slonimsky. He studied at the Musical College in Moscow from 1943 until 1950. From 1950 Slonimsky was at the Leningrad Conservatory. He studied composition under Boris Arapov, Vissarion Shebalin and Orest Yevlakhov, polyphony under Nicolai Uspensky and piano under Anna Artobolevskaya, Samari Savshinsky and Vladimir Nielsen. Slonimsky was a professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. While the majority of his students were Russian, Slonimsky taught a large percentage of the international composition students at the Conservatory from countries including: Colombia, Korea, China, Italy, Germany, Israel, Iran and the United States. Slonimsky died in Saint Petersburg on 9 February 2020 after a long illness.
Period:21st century
Composed in:2003
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Melodija MEL CD 10 02598
This Requiem is for Soli SATB, Choir and Symphony Orchestra contains:
01. Lacrimosa (4:13)
02. Dies Irae (3:21)
03. Requiem Aeternam (7:14)
04. Lux Aeterna (8:20)
05. Tuba Mirum (5:00)
06. Agnus Dei (4:58)
07. Rex Tremendae Majestatis (2:01)
08. Domine Jesu (2:27)
09. Hostias (2:25)
10. Sanctus (4:13)
11. Benedictus (2:11)
12. Libera Me (3:36)
13. Kyrie Eleison (2:23)
14. Lacrimosa (1:29)

♫ 01. Lacrimosa
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♫ 02. Dies Irae
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♫ 03. Requiem Aeternam
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♫ 04. Lux Aeterna
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♫ 05. Tuba Mirum
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♫ 06. Agnus Dei
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♫ 07. Rex Tremendae Majestatis
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♫ 08. Domine Jesu
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♫ 09. Hostias
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♫ 10. Sanctus
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♫ 11. Benedictus
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♫ 12. Libera Me
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♫ 13. Kyrie Eleison
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♫ 14. Lacrimosa
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This Requiem is for Choir and Symphony Orchestra. The Requiem dates 2003. This grand canvas is distinct from the numerous similar compositions of this genre. It happens because of the text order, which is changed in comparison with the canonic ecclesiastic one. The music history witnessed the cases of this genre's (established in the 14th century) free interpretation. Remember the requiems by Ochegem, Orlando Lasso and their contemporaries. Not all the Roman canon's movements are present in those works. Gabriel Fauret omitted "Dies irae"in the 19th century, while Benjamin Britten amalgamated canonic Latin texts with the English verses in his "Military Requiem" dating the 20th century. The Requiem's German tradition allows to resort to the Lutheran Bible's verses instead of the Latin ones. It took rather a long time to make the Requiem independent of the church service. Now it's affirmed as the mere musical genre. Slonimsky's Requiem is not initially implied as the part of some ritual. Lofty thoughts, repentance, the prayer of sins' redemption. The composer sets himself free of the canonic textual disposition, marking the most vital shades of meaning, which emotional kernel looks extremely burning for his mind.
Contributor:Frederik Bakker