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György Kurtág
1926 -
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G. Kurtág
György Kurtág (19/02/1926) is Hungary’s leading composer (born in Lugoj), performed worldwide; heir to Webernian expressionism, favouring concentrated miniatures exploring a wide range of human emotions.
Requiem po drugu
Composed in:1987
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Rimma Dalos
Requiem po drugu (Requiem for a friend) (Op. 26) contains:
01. O Gott, Wie Plotzlich Diese Stille
02. Eine Grausame Romanze
03. Es War Meine Starke ...
04. Gott Schutze Dich, Mein Geliebter ...

♫ 01. O Gott, Wie Plotzlich Diese Stille
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♫ 02. Eine Grausame Romanze
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♫ 03. Es War Meine Starke ...
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♫ 04. Gott Schutze Dich, Mein Geliebter ...
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This requiem (translated: Requiem for the Beloved) is a song for piano and soprano. Kurtág wrote it in 1982/1987, opus 26. The text is written by Rimma Dalos, a female Russian writer, working in Budapest, Hungary. She studied German history at Lomonossow University in Moscow. Since 1970 she has lived in Hungary. Rimma Dalos is currently working as a academic assistant at the Budapest Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. Many of her poems have been set to music by the Hungarian composer György Kurták. Her many publications include the bilingual lyric poetry volume Ohne Dich, contributions to the Kursbuch and works in translation.
Requiem of Reconciliation - Epilog
Composed in:1995
Musical form:fragment
In memory of:the victims of World War II
Label(s):Hänssler Classic 98931
The work is a collaborative composition of 14 world-renowned composers from 13 countries involved in the Second World War. The 14 composers are: Luciano Berio of Italy (Prolog); Friedrich Cerha of Austria (Introitus and Kyrie); Paul-Heinz Dittrich (Dies Irae); Marek Kopelent (Judex Ergo); John Harbison (Juste Judex); Arne Nordheim of Norway (Confutatis); Bernard Rands (Interludium); Marc-Andre Dalbavie of France (Offertorium); Judith Weir of England (Sanctus); Krzysztof Penderecki of Poland (Agnus Dei); Wolfgang Rihm (Communio I); Alfred Schnittke and Gennadi Roshdestwenski of Russia (Communio II); Joji Yuasa (Libera me); Gyorgy Kurtag of Romania (Epilog).
The requiem memorializes the victims of the war. Created as a tribute to the victims of World War II, the work was commissioned by The Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany, founded by the well-known conductor Helmuth Rilling, who brought together the 14 composers to collaborate on the piece. Collaborative from conception to birth, Requiem of Reconciliation (Requiem der Versöhnung) was first performed by an international ensemble on April 16, 1995. Originally created as music for a Catholic Mass to commemorate the dead, the requiem provides a venue for the living to remember and honor the dead. As such, Requiem of Reconciliation calls for an international and collective remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War. The composers from Italy, Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, U.S.A., Norway, England, France, Poland, Russia, Japan, and Romania, once enemies in the war, came together to provide the international community with the memorial.
Each composer was assigned a separate section of the Requiem of Reconciliation. Each worked within the tradition of the Requiem Mass differently, some incorporating Gregorian chant or other themes traditional to the Latin Mass, and some departing from tradition and simply using the general idea and spirit behind a requiem to guide their composition.

♫ 14. Epilog
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