Modern requiem compositions and musical knowledge on death and afterlife

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Hoondert analyses the texts, structure and music of the Requiem Masses composed by Rutter, Penderecki and Jenkins. To compose a Requiem Mass, he argues, is an attempt to communicate life and death experiences. The Requiem Mass offers a musical and ritualized set of guidelines for inner transformation and conveys musical knowledge on death and afterlife. Hoondert concludes that the Requiem Masses by Rutter and Jenkins convey a message of hope; Penderecki’s Polish Requiem however, confronts the listener with the raw aspects of death and violence in our times.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeath, Dying and Mysticism
Subtitle of host publicationThe Ecstasy of the End
EditorsT. Cattoi, C. Moreman, G.C. Harcourt
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781137472083
ISBN (Print)9781137472076
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Requiem
  • death
  • afterlife


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