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Requiem Canticles

 ComposerIgor Stravinsky
 MusicRequiem Canticles
 DancersMerrill Ashley, Susan Hendl, Robert Maiorano, Bruce Wells
 LightingRonald Bates
 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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