Beethoven listened to Cherubini’s operas with the keenest attention (the evidence is there in Fidelio) and declared that if ever he should write a Requiem his model would be Cherubini’s C minor setting. Hearing this music, with its extraordinary emotional depth and power, it is easy to understand Beethoven’s esteem.
Work Name: Requiem in C minor for mixed chorus
Key: C minor
Form: Requiem Mass
Composer: Luigi Cherubini
Catalogue #: n/a
This particular setting of the requiem mass consists of seven movements:
Each movement’s starting time follows.
- I. Introitus et Kyrie – 0:00
- II. Graduale – 7:35
- III. Dies irae – 8:52
- IV. Domine Jesu Christe – 16:46 – Hostias – 22:40
- V. Sanctus et Benedictus – 29:27
- VI. Pie Jesu – 30:41
- VII. Agnus Dei – 34:08
In 1820 a funeral march and a motet In Paradisum were added. In 1834 the work was prohibited by the archbishop of Paris because of its use of women’s voices, and in 1836 Cherubini wrote a second Requiem in D minor for men’s chorus.