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Requiem Canticles

 ComposerIgor Stravinsky
 MusicRequiem Canticles
 DancersMerrill Ashley, Susan Hendl, Robert Maiorano, Bruce Wells
 LightingRonald Bates
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereJune 25, 1972, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs19 Dancers: 2 principal women, 2 principal men; 7 corps women, 8 corps men.
 Requirements1 soprano, 1 bass, chorus
 NotesIn a program note for stage performances of "Requiem Canticles" Stravinsky wrote:

"I planned my 'Requiem Caticles' as an instrumental work originally, and I composed the threnody for wind instruments and muffled drums, now at the center of the work, first. Later I decided to use sentences (merely) from six texts of the traditional Requiem service, and at that time I conceived the triangulate instrumental frame of the string Prelude, wind-instrument Interlude, and percussion Postlude. The 'Requiem Canticles' are concert music, but the celebration of death is to be played in memory of a man of God, a man of the poor, a man of peace."


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