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Lacrimosa

Instrumentation: 3-part female chorus (S.S.A.), Violin, Cello and Piano

Duration: ca. 5'30"

Language: Latin

Composition Date: 2015.03

Première Date: 2015.07.18

Première Artists: Hong Kong Childrens' Choir

Remark: Commissioned by the SingFest and Apple Tree Music Publishing for the project, BACH 330 Neo-Bach for Children and Youths

Sample Recording:

Score: PDF

Text in Original Language:

Lacrimosa dies illa
Qua resurget ex favilla
Judicandus homo reus.
Huic ergo parce, Deus:
Pie Jesu Domine,
Dona eis requiem. Amen.

Programme Notes:

In choral music history, there have been attempts to add text to absolute music. Lux æterna based on Nimrod from Enigma Variations by Elgar and Agnus Dei based on the second movement from the String Quartet Op.11 by Samuel Barber are the legendary examples.

 

With reference to attempts and views by ancestry, Lacrimosa is composed for 3-parts female chorus (S.S.A.), violin, cello and piano, after Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537. Musically, the structure of choral parts is basically transformed from the original lines of the organ work. However, the composer revitalises the work by writing a chromatic harmonic accompaniment in order to reveal the lamentation, sorrow and tears hidden beneath in another layer.