Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Missa pro Defunctis: Communio

Here is the Communion song from the Requiem Mass, sung by Giovanni Vianini:

Lux æterna luceat eis, Domine,
cum sanctis tuis in æternum,
quia pius es.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine;
et lux perpetua luceat eis ;
cum Sanctis tuis in aeternum,
quia pius es.

May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord,
with your saints forever,
for you are merciful.
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
and may everlasting light shine upon them.
with your saints forever,
for you are merciful.

Here's the chant score

Again you can clearly hear this Gregorian melody in the Duruflé version of the song:

But actually, I really like John Rutter's version of the Lux Aeterna, here sung expertly by the Clare College Choir, Cambridge. (The section in English just prior to the Lux Aeterna proper is from the Book of Common Prayer's Rite for the Burial of the Dead.)

Here are links to posts on this blog, for all the movements of the Requiem mass:

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