In paradisum

From Requiem, op. 48

Gabriel Fauré

Arranger: Doreen Rao

Arr. © 2019 GIA.


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Vocal Forces: SSAA

Accompaniment: Piano

Text Source: From the Requiem Mass

Music Source: From Requiem, op. 48, Gabriel Fauré, 1845–1924, arr. Doreen Rao

Series: Global Encounters

Difficulty Level: M


 This French impressionistic and contemplative work, “In paradisum” (May the angels lead you into paradise ), was added to the original Requiem  by Fauré in 1893. The original 1888 version was heard in Paris in a funeral Mass at La Madeleine with Fauré playing the organ. The text refers to the miracle of eternal rest (“aeternam habeas requiem”). In this edition for treble voices, listeners can hear the continuous fluttering of angel’s wings in the keyboard against the beautifully melodic, mostly unison vocal lines sung by the choir. The rich D major harmonies are developed toward the end of both verses and, finally, in the ending invitation to have eternal rest.

Categories: Choral Vocal

Rites: Order of Christian Funerals

Topical: Angels, Eternal Life

Number of Pages: 12

Language: Latin

Format: Octavo