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A German Requiem

170px-johannesbrahms.jpgA German Requiem, Op. 45 (German: Ein deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift) by Johannes Brahms, is a large-scale work for chorus and a soprano and a baritone soloist, composed between 1865 and 1868. It comprises seven movements, which together last 65 to 80 minutes, making this work Brahms's longest composition.

Brahms assembled the libretto himself.  In contrast to the traditional Roman Catholic Requiem Mass, which employs a standardized text in Latin, the text is derived from the German Lutheran Bible.

Our version, available for licensing here, is an alternative version of the work which was prepared by Brahms to be performed as a piano duet with four hands on one piano (instead of a full orchestra).  The piano duet accompaniment was based on an 1866 arrangement for piano of the six-movement version of the Requiem, which Brahms revealed to Clara Schumann at Christmas of that year. 

The alternative version was used, sung in English, for the first complete British performance of the Requiem.  This took place on July 10, 1871 in London, at the home of Sir Henry Thompson and his wife, the pianist Kate Loder. This version of the Requiem became known as the "London Version" (German: Londoner Fassung).  When sung in English, it is still called "A German Requiem".

The UniqueTracks Stock Music Library is able to license these recordings for many different media uses.  You can configure your license right here on this website by choosing your usage type from the drop-down box when you click the "License/Buy this Track" link.

Streaming audition files include an audio 'watermark' and are mono, 16 bit, 128kbps .mp3 files.
The actual Master files are delivered to you with no watermark as stereo .wav files in CD quality 44.1kHz, 16 bit format.
  • A German Requiem, (1) Blessed Are They (Chorus)

  • A German Requiem, (2) For All Flesh (Chorus)

  • A German Requiem, (3) Lord Teach Me (Baritone)

  • A German Requiem, (4) How Lovely Are They Dwellings

  • A German Requiem, (5) You Now Have Sadness

  • A German Requiem, (6) For Here We Have No Lasting..

  • A German Requiem, (7) Blessed Are The Dead (Chorus)