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Andrew Worton-Steward (1948-1990)

Requiem (1989)

Score prepared and edited by Geoffrey Atkinson with introduction and notes.

The AIDS-suffering composer knew with certainty that he was writing his own Requiem.  The circumstances of the work’s composition give the music a peculiar intensity and sweetness which make it distinctive and memorable.  The Agnus Dei in particular has been broadcast many times by music stations across the world, and is thoroughly deserving of this recognition. 

The composer’s original score calls for organ accompaniment, but it was always his intention to orchestrate the music.  In the event this had to be done by Jonathon Burton, at the behest of the television company TVS who broadcast a documentary about the composer and which included a performance of the work in 1990.  This orchestration, while extremely economical, has been done with considerable sensitivity, and provides an accompaniment of great warmth and spaciousness.

A CD of this work was issued by Decca in 1992 (436 778-2).  The artists were the City of London Choir and the London Sinfonietta conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton.  Unfortunately this is no longer available, but there may be copies in second-hand shops.  It is possible we may be able to give some assistance with this.

Duration: 25+ minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Resources: Soprano and Tenor Soloists
SATB chorus (some divisi, some a cappella)
Accompaniment  version 1 - Organ
version 2 - Orchestra (Scoring by Jonathan Burton)
- 1 Flute, 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns, Organ, Strings

(N.B. Orchestral organ part is simpler than version 1)

Links to specimen pages: Kyrie
Offertorium
Sanctus
Pie Jesu
Agnus Dei
  Libera Me
In Paradisum

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Vocal Score  1 copy £8.00
5+ copies £5.00
Full Score £15.00
Wind including organ £35.00 full set (six parts)
Strings £4.00

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