- Also called Requiem Mass.the Mass celebrated for the repose of the souls of the dead.
- a celebration of this Mass.
- a plainsong setting for this Mass.
Origin of Requiem
Examples from the Web for requiem
“Requiem for the Croppies” Terraced thousands died, shaking scythes at cannon.Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013: Accessible, Yes, and Beautiful|Jimmy So|August 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Buzz Bissinger writes a four-page sentence that ruins a requiem for welterweight Barney Ross.
Requiem for a Dream (2000) Simply in terms of visually gripping it would be a tie between Trainspotting and Requiem for a Dream.
The publication of Requiem was not just sad, it was heavily ironic.
As soon as they reached the pulpit, and set down the corpse, the choir chanted a requiem in the most impressive manner.
At the expiration of the month the mysterious stranger appeared, and demanded the requiem.The Mysteries of All Nations|James Grant
High Mass of Requiem being over, the body was removed from the catafalque and lowered into the vaults under the altar.A History of Mourning|Richard Davey
Take it, take it, I want to pay for having a requiem service for her.A Nobleman's Nest|Ivan Turgenieff
The dispute concerning the genuineness of Mozart's Requiem likewise supplies some curious specimens of musical literature.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)|Carl Engel
Word Origin for Requiem
"mass for repose of the soul of the dead," c.1300, from Latin requiem, accusative singular of requies "rest (after labor), repose," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + quies "quiet" (see quiet (adj.)). It is the first word of the Mass for the Dead in the Latin liturgy: Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine .... ["Grant them eternal rest, O Lord ...."]
In music, a Mass for one or more dead persons, containing biblical passages and prayers for the admission of the dead to heaven. The term has been loosely applied to other musical compositions in honor of the dead. A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, for example, uses texts from the Bible (see also Bible) but is not a Mass.