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Jonathan Rathbone
1957 -
Great Britain, England
J. Rathbone
Jonathan Rathbone (17/09/1957), an English singer and composer, born Coventry.
Requiem aeternam
Composed in:1996
Musical form:fragment
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Signum SIGCD240
Requiem aeternam, for chorus (after the 'Air on the G string' from Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3).
Requiem for the condemned man
Period:21st century
Composed in:2000
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Latin mass + poetry by Paul Whitnall
The work is approximately 55 minutes in duration. Words from the Latin Missa Pro Defunctis and additional poetry by Paul Whitnall.
When a man is sentenced to death, and all appeals are exhausted, there comes that strange and terrifying time when the prisoner knows exactly when and how he will die. He is as good as dead, yet he is not dead. This is a Requiem for the man condemned to die. It uses words from the Latin Mass for the Dead, and modern words by Paul Whitnall.
It is written for two soloists: tenor (the prisoner) and soprano (the victim), chorus and orchestra. The chorus play an important role - in that they reflect our attitudes to his imminent execution. Hopefully, the audience will be able to reflect on their own attitudes towards capital punishment.