Camille Saint-Saëns

Requiem, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 54

    Description by Joseph Stevenson

    Albert Libon, a friend of Camille Saint-Saëns, provided for his one funeral music by including in his will a bequest to the composer, on condition that he write a Requiem to be performed after Libon's death. Libon died in 1877. Early the next spring Saint-Saëns travelled to Switzerland, where he composed the Requiem in eight days.

    Saint-Saëns did not follow the Romantic Era's tendency to write larger, more symphonic requiems. Saint-Saëns kept his composition in a size, length, and style that would make it completely appropriate for performance in an actual requiem mass in church. It is a sorrowful piece, without the theatricality some church leaders were finding in some Requiems of the period. It is cleanly, not lushly, scored, with particularly effective use of the harps.


    1. Requiem - Kyrie
    2. Dies Irae
    3. Rex Tremendae
    4. Oro Supplex
    5. Hostias
    6. Sanctus
    7. Benedictus
    8. Agnus Dei

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2007 Cala Records 4032
    2004 Chandos CHAN10214
    2002 Cala Records 1032
    1994 Cala Records 1015
    Adda 241902
    Premier 1025