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Roman Maciejewski
1910 - 1998
Germany / Poland / Sweden
R. Maciejewski
Roman Maciejewski (28/02/1910 - 30/04/1998) was born of Polish parents in Berlin. His musical education, which started at the age of five included studies at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin (with S. Goldenweiser) and at the State Conservatory in Poznań, from which he received his diploma as a concert pianist.
Missa pro defunctis
Composed in:1960
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:all the victims of all wars
Label(s):Polskie Nagrania PNCD 039 A&B
This (unfinished?) requiem (27 movements) for SATB solo voices, mixed choir and large symphony orchestra, was written between 1944 and 1960. Maciejewski's many compositions include music for ballets, piano works, a concerto and many transcriptions for two pianos, many masses, and Macbeth and Caligula by Camus. The requiem is regarded as the crowning piece in his opus. The work, beginning with a motto of Christ's words uttered from the Cross, "Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they do," is dedicated to "the victims of human ignorance, to the victims of Great Wars, to the victims of tyrants' prisons, to the victims of human lawlessness, the victims of breaking God's natural order." The work calls for very large performing forces and is rarely performed.