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11 November 2018 4pm

A Solemn Requiem Mass marking the centenary of the Armistice, led by the Cathedral choirs who join forces with The Ely Sinfonia to present the small orchestra version of the Requiem Mass, Op. 9 by Maurice Duruflé.

Maurice Duruflé (1902-86) has no more than a dozen published works to his credit, and of these, the Requiem, composed in 1948, is the longest and most important. Like the Fauré Requiem, it is a restrained piece, giving a gentler and more merciful view of death than the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi. At the heart of the music lie the plainsong melodies from the 'Mass for the Dead', woven into a subtle and evocative setting.