Mozart’s final (and unfinished work), Requiem, is a powerful, sweeping piece of music that deserves its prominent place in the Western canon. One does not have to subscribe to a theological system that supports a “Mass for the Dead” to appreciate this monumental musical triumph. Indeed, the text is mostly theologically accessible (and, at least, appreciable as faithful to a particular community within Christendom) to Lutheran and Calvinistic-Reformed theologies and, certainly, to those within Anglican, Lutheran, and (many) Presbyterian churches. This notation is not to underestimate theological differences, but to point to the majestic verse which both Roman and Protestant Christians can celebrate. There are hermeneutic squabbles here, as you make your way through the text, no doubt. But I would challenge you to read as you listen. Perhaps this posting of the words may be of help to some in that regard.
Musically, the score represents one of the most moving musical pieces in the Western canon and is a liturgical masterpiece as Mozart moves from Introit to Communion. Take time to listen—and read—Mozart’s Requiem. I think you willnot be disappointed.
Credit: “Full Text Lyrics to Mozart’s Requiem.” Good-music-guide.com. Accessed March 10, 2015. http://www.good-music-guide.com/reviews/055lyrics.htm.
(I prefer this recording of Requiem, although some may find it a bit darker) Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Requiem: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Conducted by Sir Neville Marriner. Polygram, 1991, CD.