“2. Vanitas Vanitatum” from “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest

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” A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest- traditionally, for the deceased. The five movements of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, (2013), however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. . . . The second movement, instead of the traditional Dies Irae, sets Scriptural texts that speak of the turmoil and sorrow which face humanity, while yet invoking musical and textual allusions to the Dies Irae.”

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