Beethoven had a great fondness for his 8th Symphony, calling it ‘My Little Symphony’. It is a gem - somewhat overlooked today - filled with a robust joy and gaiety. The character is of sunny brightness and a jovial current pervades the whole work. This does not mean to say that there are no powerful and profound undertones. They exist, but exuberance and humour carry the day.
Fauré called his Requiem ‘Un Petit Requiem’ (A Little Requiem). It is a profoundly religious work, but very tender.
The distinguished Parisian teacher of composition, Nadia Boulanger, described Fauré’s religious feeling ‘The Church may judge and condemn; the master (Fauré) has never expounded this view …. It may be said that he understood religion more after the fashion of the tender passages of St John, following the great St Francis of Assisi rather than St Bernard ….. His voice seems to interpose itself between heaven and men; usually peaceful, quiet and fervent, sometimes grave and sad, but never menacing or dramatic.’
In Paradisum (Into Paradise) is the final, most beautiful chorus of this Requiem.
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