Requiem in Our Time, A
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Robert King Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $9.40
1. Dies Irae
4. Credo et dubito
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bell (not a glockenspiel)
- Snare Drum
None discovered thus far.
In 1954, Finnish composer Einouhani Rautavaara won the Thor Johnson Contest with his A Requiem in Our Time, which propelled him to international fame and earned him scholarships to continue his musical studies at Juilliard and Tanglewood. His early style, in which A Requiem was composed, is largely neoclassical.
The work comprises four movements, two of which have titles that correspond to movements of the Requiem mass -- Dies Irae and Lacrymosa. The other two movements are Hymnus (Hymn) and Credo et dubito (Belief and doubt). According to Rautavarra,
“I was still a student at the Sibelius Academy when I wrote this ‘breakthrough work’ that won an international composition competition in Cincinnati. The work is not a collective and apocalyptic 'Requiem for our time’, as the title has sometimes been rendered. It is in fact a very personal work dedicated to my mother, who died during the war; it explores the borderline between belief and doubt and concludes more in sorrow than in declamation. The ensemble prescribed for the competition -- four horns and trumpets, three trombones, baritone horn, tuba and percussion -- was so new and strange for me at that stage in my development that I still wonder at how confident the instrumental writing is.
- Program Note from University of Texas Wind Symphony concert program, 5 April 2019
- Thor Johnson Brass Composition Award, First Prize, 1954.
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) - 4 May 2021
- University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 5 April 2019
- Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 6 November 2018
- University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 30 November 2017
- University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band Chamber Winds (Elliott Tackitt, conductor) – 6 October 2017
- University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 22 November 2016
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Annunciations (1977)
- Konsertto puhaltimale (1950) withdrawn
- A Soldier's Mass. See: Sotilasmessu
- Sotilasmessu (1968)
- Octet for Winds (1962)
- Playgrounds for Angels (1981)
- Requiem in Our Time, A (1958)
- Serenade in Brass (1982) withdrawn