[Milton-L] Christopher Rouse "Requiem"

Terry Ross tross at ubalt.edu
Tue May 6 14:09:17 EDT 2014

>From Rouse's program note for his Requiem:

The work begins with the soloist singing alone the lines of Seamus Heaney's "Mid-Term Break," in which a boy leaves school to attend the funeral of his younger brother, struck by a car. Before the "Tuba Mirum" come lines from Siegfried Sassoon's "Suicide in the Trenches," in which the poet describes the self-destruction of a shell-shocked comrade. The "Rex Tremendae" is succeeded by excerpts from Michelangelo's ode on the death of his father, and the "Sanctus" is preceded by Ben Jonson's "On My First Son," a heartbreaking contemplation of the death of his child. Before the "Agnus Dei" comes John Milton's Sonnet 23, in which he dreams that his dead wife has returned to him. Finally, Michelangelo's "On Immortality" (set, like the earlier Michelangelo poem, in the original Italian), sung near the very end of the score, speaks of the "Everyman" figure's own death.


Terry Ross                                                  tross at ubalt.edu
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One of my grad school friends at Michigan (in the 1950s) could sing the
lines beginning" Weep no more" through his nose as country music.


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Perhaps Milton's elegy Lycidas is a good candidate for this series as well,
especially considering these concluding observations of the reviewer: "The
predominant mood of Mr. Rouse's 'Requiem' is one of uncomprehending grief
and fury almost as if, bereft of faith, it were mourning the death of
consolation itself."


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Subject: [Milton-L] Christopher Rouse "Requiem"

Today's NYTimes has a review of this performance:

It was the opener for the Spring for Music series at Carnegie Hall. Reviewer
Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim comments:

"Rouse also weaves in poems by Seamus Heaney, Siegfried Sassoon,
Michelangelo, Ben Jonson and John Milton that depict death through the eyes
of those left behind: a sibling, a son, a fellow soldier, a lover. Given
over to the soloist - here the beautifully poised South African baritone
Jacques Imbrailo - these texts function like the lone figures in old
paintings of biblical crowd scenes that stare out at the viewer as if to
say: "This is about you."

She singles out only one individual poem,however: Jonson's "Farewell, thou
child of my right hand." Without having heard it, I can't think which Milton
poem, one that would follow in the series listed above. "Methought I saw my
late espoused saint" perhaps. Nobody dies in PL.

Nancy Charlton

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