MUSIC OF DEATH AND LIFE
by Sharon Rondeau
Published in 1986 and set forth in seven movements, the choir parts encompass biblical and non-biblical texts, including the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. The piece is often performed during Lent, in December before Christmas, and at All Saints Day services on November 1.
Rutter’s compositions include anthems, selections written specifically for Christmas and sacred occasions, and folk songs.
The last movement, Lux Aeterna, has a lovely, flowing harp obligato that I always enjoyed playing.
While a requiem is a “mass for the dead,” Easter is about eternal life. “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst…And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up on the last day…” Jesus was said by the apostle John to have preached.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.