Joseph Shaw

Dies Irae

Dies Irae, the Requiem Sequence, sung in alternate verses with a polyphonic setting and Gregorian chant, by the Schola Abelis of Oxford, at St Birinus, Dorchester on Thames.
I very much like the tones. They are beautiful.
Polyphonic style is fine for pieces where one can loose oneself in contemplation eg O Magnum Mysterium, Spem in Allium.
I do not think however that polyphony suits the Dies Ire. It is a dramatic piece of poetry that has its own rhythms, speeds and tonal effects. The polyphony just does not work with it (in my humble opinion).
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