Eternal Light: A Requiem

Howard Goodall (1958)

Eternal Light: A Requiem 2008

2 keyboards – hp – strings
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Eternal Light: A Requiem was commissioned by London Musici (Artistic Director: Mark Stephenson) to celebrate its 20th anniversary. It was commissioned as both a choral-orchestral-dance piece for London Musici, The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and Rambert Dance Company (Artistic Director: Mark Baldwin) and as a choral-orchestral work. Most requiems are based. one way or another, on the medieval church’s Mass for the Dead, which is made up of a series of sections (‘movements’) beginning with the ‘Kyrie Eleison’ (Greek meaning Lord have mercy) and ending with ‘In Paradisum’ (Into paradise). Although the traditional requiem text calls for ‘eternal peace, rest and light’ for those who have died, it also emphasises judgement and everlasting damnation for anyone who transgresses the Roman Catholic Church’s code of behaviour, as seen from the perspective of the Middle Ages. I did not feel at ease with this approach to the appalling pain of loss and grief, so in an attempt to provide some solace for the living that mourn, I stripped down the old Latin texts to a few phrases in each movement and laid beside them words from English poems from across the last 500 years. The movements are arranged like this: 1. Requiem aeternam (everlasting peace) – Kyrie Eleison – ‘Close now thine eyes and rest secure, thy soul is safe enough, thy body sure’ 2. Revelation I: a passage from the Bible depicting the end of the world (Apocalypse) 3. Litany: Belief. ‘I have to believe that you still exist somewhere, That you still watch me Sometimes, That you still love me Somehow. I have to believe That life has meaning Somehow, That I am useful here Sometimes, That I make small differences Somewhere. I have to believe That I need to stay here For some time, That all this teaches me Something, So that I can meet you again Somewhere. 4. Hymn: ‘Lead, kindly light amid the encircling gloom, Lead thou me on…’ 5. Lacrymosa (Tears): ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep…’ 6. Dies Irae (That terrible day): In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses row on row…’ 7. Recordare (Remember us, sweet Jesus): ‘Drop, drop, slow tears..’ 8. Revelation II 9. Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) 10. In Paradisum – Lux Aeterna (In paradise, eternal light & everlasting peace)
© Howard Goodall

Performances 
25/16.09.08 The Lowry, Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom: Adrian Powter, Elizabeth Atherton/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Ad Solem (Manchester University Chamber Choir)/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
08–11.10.08 Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, United Kingdom: Alexander Robin Baker, Elizabeth Atherton/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Clerks of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Paul Hoskins;
16–18.10.08 Theatre Royal, Norwich, United Kingdom: Ronan Collett, Martene Grimson/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Keswick Hall Choir/London Musici/Paul Hoskins/
29–31.10.08 Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Ronan Collett, Martene Grimson/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/National Youth Choir of Scotland/London Musici /Paul Hoskins
06–08.11.08 Theatre Royal, Bath, United Kingdom: Ronan Collett, Julia Doyle/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Bath Camerata/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
11–15.11.08 Sadler's Wells Theatre, London: Ronan Collett, Julia Doyle/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Finchley Children's Music Group/The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
19–22.11.08 Forum Theatre, Malvern, United Kingdom: Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Clerks of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
26–29.11.08 Theatre Royal, Plymouth, United Kingdom: Ronan Collett, Bibi Heal/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Plymouth Philharmonic Choir/London Musici/Mark Stephenson
15.11.08 St John's Smith Square, London: Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/Stephen Darlington
13/14.02.09 Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Wales, United Kingdom: Martene Grimson, Ronan Collett/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Amici del Canto/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
18/19.02.09 Hall for Cornwall, Truro, United Kingdom: Martene Grimson, Daniel Broad/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/St Mary' Singers/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
27/28.02.09 Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, United Kingdom: Daniel Broad, Martene Grimson/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Britten-Pears Chamber Choir/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
04–07.03.09 Theatre Royal, Brighton, United Kingdom: Adrian Powter, Elin Manahan Thomas/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Pavilion Chamber Choir/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
10/11.03.09 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland: Adrian Powter, Martene Grimson/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/National Youth Choir of Scotland/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
19–21.03.09 Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, Wales: Adrian Powter, Elin Manahan Thomas/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Sirenian Singers/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
25–27.03.09 Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom: Adrian Powter, Tamsin Coombs/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Tees Valley Youth Choir/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
01–04.03.09 Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, United Kingdom: Andy Rupp, Martene Grimson/Rambert Dance Company, chor. Mark Baldwin/Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music/London Musici/Paul Hoskins
Selected performances only. For full listing, please visit: www.fabermusic.com
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