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A Celebration of All Souls

The Requiem of Maurice Duruflé

On November 2, at 5pm, The Redeemer will offer a service for All Souls featuring the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé, orchestrated for chorus, mezzo-soprano, baritone, string orchestra, harp, organ and timpani (sans brass).

Throughout the Church Year, we pray regularly for the departed. All Souls Day, however, is designated as the solemn day when the Church specifically commemorates the faithful departed through prayer, Requiem services, and memorial offerings. The earliest known Eucharist in which the dead were celebrated dates back to the late Second Century. The Requiem mass, and chants associated with it, flourished between the Tenth and Fourteenth centuries. Today we have over 105 chants linked with the Requiem: the sum of regional liturgies and formerly-known chant melodies. At The Redeemer we honor this feast day in the evening on All Saints Sunday, offerings prayers, and special music in the form of a Requiem mass.

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) was a French composer, organist and teacher. His training began at 10, when he became a chorister at the Rouen Cathedral Choir School. At 17 Duruflé moved to Paris where he studied organ with Charles Tournemiere, worked with Louis Vierne at Notre Dame Cathedral as assistant organist, and finally took a full time position as organist at St-Étienne-du-Mont.

Duruflé grew up listening to, and absorbing, music of the church rather than that of the concert hall; however he was also exposed to the contemporarily popular music of Ravel and Debussy, two impressionistic composers who, as Duruflé, himself confessed, deeply influenced him. His Requiem is unique, as it stays true to the ancient chants of the Requiem mass while pairing with it early 20th-century harmonies and romantic tonal language, offering a beautiful and unique juxtaposition of both ancient and modern together. In Duruflé own words, the Requiem “represents the idea of peace, of faith and of hope”.

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2014 Choir Thanksgiving Pie Sale Fundraiser

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Our choirs will once again sponsor Thanksgiving pie sales. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the support of Music at The Redeemer

The pies are delicious! 

Place your order TODAY!

 

Click here for a PDF pie order form.

 

Send an email with your pie order to:

choirpies@gmail.com

 

Phone your order into:

610-525-2486 ext. 27

Appleford 2013
Schola Cantorum Performs at Dunwoody Village
This June 7, 2012, concert was part of the ongoing outreach efforts of our music program to bring The Redeemer to the community and to invite those unfamiliar with our programs to come and experience what is offered here.
Video of Ave Verum by Mawby

Video of Schola Cantorum on its Italy Music and Mission Tour July 2011
performing Mawby's Ave Verum here in Camigliano Church.
 

Video of Over My Head with soloist Danielle Muse

Danielle Muse sings solo in Over My Head in the village church of Camigliano, Italy. This was performed by Schola Cantorum of Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, PA during their Music & Mission Trip to Italy, July 2011.

Italty Tour video - Camigliano Church

Video of Schola Cantorum on its Italy Music and Mission Tour July 2011
performing here in Camigliano Church where they also performed with
Coro Puccini and were treated to dinner prepared by the women of the choir.
Camigliano is the birthplace of Puccini. 

 

YouTube Videos from Schola's July 2011 Music & Mission Trip
Church of the Redeemer - 230 Pennswood Road - Bryn Mawr, PA 19010