The Nurturer – Brahms Requiem
150th anniversary of the premiere of Brahms’s “London Version” for 4-hands piano
February 25-28, 2021
True Concord Choir, Soloists & Chamber Players
Glorious — Tender
Beautiful Tears in Sound
First sparked by the death of his friend and mentor, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms threw himself into the creation of his Requiem after the death of his beloved mother.
If grief and love could be embodied in sound, it would be the Brahms Requiem.
Unlike Bach, Brahms wrestled with questions of mortality and death. The death of his mother left him grieving – with heartache and very lonely. He was fortunate to have the ability to express and console his grief by creating what is now one of the most beloved works in the classical realm.
Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem is not, like most Requiems, a mass for the dead or about resurrection. Rather, it is a work of consolation for those left behind.
His was a Requiem “for the people” – written in the daily-spoken German rather than the customary Latin – on texts Brahms chose from the Lutheran Bible. The Requiem established Brahms as a major composer in his time.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Brahms’s “London Version,” True Concord treats you to his chamber version of the Requiem, with 4-hands piano replacing the orchestra. For many, this will be a new, more intimate way to experience this beloved work.
As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.
Brahms Requiem, fifth movement