I would like to do the Faure Requiem with my very senior chorale ( average age 82). I think it would be manageable for them with a few ringers. I would also like to use a few instruments in addition to the piano. Does anyone have or know how I might acquire a reduced orchestration, preferable just a few strings for accompaniment along with our grand piano? If possible, I would also like to use seniors for the “orchestra” as well.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Director – Kendal on Hudson Chorale, Sleepy Hollow, NY
With the Faure, it’s not a matter of a “reduced” orchestration; the work exists in several authentic versions. The first complete (that is, with all the eventual movements) version used only harp, timpani, organ and strings — violas, cellos, bass, with one solo violin. The strings could be as few as 1-0-4-4-1.
We did it this week with 2 horns, harp, timpani and organ.
I find it easier to replace the string parts and keep the really colorful
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