AuthorLesniaski, David Allen.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis work, a requiem cantata for chorus and orchestra, is based in part on the shape-note hymn "Idumea". The first verse of "Idumea" ("And am I born to die...") is sung by the chorus at the conclusion of the first movement, which is a chorale prelude based on that hymn tune. The "Idumea" tune also appears in orchestral interludes in the middle and at the end of the composition. Although this composition is not based on one continuous narrative as are many cantatas, the opening chorale prelude and subsequent use of that initial material suggest a musical continuity reminiscent of the cantata. This composition was written as a memorial; the use of the "In Paradisum" chant from the Requiem Mass coupled with the elegiac setting of certain of the texts suggest both a literal and spiritual connection with the requiem. Excepting the opening movement, the texts and orchestral interludes are arranged in a progression leading from statements of youth to old age to death. This work, with a total duration of approximately thirty minutes, is in nine movements and is scored for the following forces: three flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, two trombones, tympani, bass drum, handbells, SATB chorus, and strings.