Brahms Requiem

As a part of our observance of All Saints Day, the Immanuel Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir, guest singers, soloists, and a chamber orchestra will perform "A
German Requiem, To Words of the Holy Scriptures," by Johannes Brahms on Sunday, November 2, at 5:00 PM in the sanctuary. Completed in 1868, "A German Requiem" is a sacred but non-liturgical composition offered as comfort to those who mourn. Though it has the word "German" in the title, Brahms indicated that he thought of it as a "World Requiem." It is generally believed that this work was greatly influenced by the death of Brahms' mother and of his friend and mentor Robert Schumann. The text was chosen by Brahms himself and taken completely from the Luther Bible. Our performance will be in English taken from the King James Version. Soloists are Elizabeth Ring, soprano, and Grover Baker and Charlie Lutz, baritones.

The tone of the work is set in the first movement, which begins "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:4). The work is made up of seven movements, with the familiar "How Lovely are Thy Dwellings" as the central fourth movement. Each movement juxtaposes the concepts of a sense of loss and separateness from God and that of comfort and our ultimate home going.

I  Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. They that sow in tears shall come again rejoicing.

II Life is brief like the grass that withers, but the Lord's word endureth forever and the ransomed of the Lord shall have joy.

III Teach us to number our days, but the righteous souls are in the hand of God.

IV How lovely are Thy Dwellings. Blessed are they that dwell in the house of God.

V Ye now have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice. Yea I will comfort you as one¹s own mother comforts.

VI Here we have no permanent place, but we shall overcome death for we were created for God's pleasure.

VII Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord ­they rest from their labors and their works do follow after them.

We offer this work in honor of all those who mourn and in memory of those who have died in the Lord.

Jerry Warren, Minister of Music