Author Topic: Salieri Requiem in C minor (1804)  (Read 335 times)

Alan Howe

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Salieri Requiem in C minor (1804)
« on: Wednesday 27 December 2017, 22:15 »
I'd missed this; and it's certainly a very impressive - and dramatic - piece of work. Here's an appreciative review:
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Sept10/Salieri_requiem_PTC5186359.htm

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Re: Salieri Requiem in C minor (1804)
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 28 December 2017, 06:11 »
Not having heard the work I can't say if I agree with this judgement (or the one of the reviewer) but I am willing to trust it.  What I have encountered so far by Salieri (all instrumental music) I found entirely forgettable and I would hesitate proposing one of his works for a chamber music session.

But there is a parallel example:  Michael Haydn's Requiem.  Michael's instrumental music is vastly inferior to his brother's and IMO as forgettable as Salieri's.  But back in the day we played his requiem in the student orchestra.  And it turned out to be a very respectable composition which made a strong impression on the listeners.

Maybe some composers need the inspiration from a text (or from this particular text?) to reach their full potential.

Alan Howe

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Re: Salieri Requiem in C minor (1804)
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 28 December 2017, 14:03 »
That's a fair enough opinion - broadly reflecting my own thoughts about the composer before hearing this very fine piece.

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Re: Salieri Requiem in C minor (1804)
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 30 December 2017, 00:10 »
Thank you so much, Alan. What a wonderfully uplifting work from a rather mediocre composer! I've often wondered what influence Salieri had on his pupil, Schubert. Now I know.

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Re: Salieri Requiem in C minor (1804)
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 30 December 2017, 00:48 »
Glad you liked it. Just shows: we should never dismiss a composer in his entirety...