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Poul Ruders

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Requiem (1968)
Engstrøm og Sødring
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Poul Ruders Requiem (1968)
Requiem for organ was composed in 1968, a year after my opus 1, the piano piece Three Letters From The Unknown Soldier: Both pieces are typical of the day and age they were written, both of them being 'protest-works' of sorts - protests against war and worldwide injustice - the Vietnam war was at its peak, and the quite alarming ferocity of the Requiem (alarming for such a short piece) not only reflects the influence of the Polish school of the sixties but also the genuine rage and feeling of despondency of the young man - 19 years old who’d just started on the awesome road towards becoming a composer in a world that seemingly couldn't care less.

I must be one of very, very few composers - if any - who began his career with a requiem ....

- Poul Ruders, Copenhagen. July 1994

  • Ensemble
    Embedsmandsduoen (The Civil Service Duo)
    Niels-Ole Bo Johansen (trombone) & Ulrik Spang-Hanssen (organ)
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