Requiem for Walter (and other mariners) (Geoff Allan)

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  1. Prelude-Nunc Dimittis Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  2. Requiem Aeternam Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  3. Psalms 130 and 107 Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  4. Lacrimosa Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  5. Psalms 77 and 65 Icon_mp3_globe.gif  Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  6. Libera Me Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  7. Pilgrimage Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  8. Domine Jesu Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  9. Psalms 93 and 104 Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  10. Sanctus and Benedictus Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  11. Epitaph Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  12. Agnus Dei Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  13. Hymn Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  14. Lux Aeterna-Requiem Aeternam Icon_mp3_globe.gif   Icon_pdf_globe.gif
  15. Postlude-Nunc Dimittis Icon_mp3_globe.gif  Icon_pdf_globe.gif
Editor: Geoff Allan (submitted 2023-09-11).   Score information: A4, 276 pages, 4.76 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: First Edition.
The mp3 recordings use "Voices of Prague" (Choruses), "Soloists of Prague" (Soprano solo) and "Garritan Personal Orchestra". The Baritone solos are sung by the composer to the best of his ability and hopefully this will give you an impresssion of a performance.

General Information

Title: Requiem for Walter (and other mariners)
Composer: Geoff Allan
Lyricist: Latin Requiem, Anglican Psalms, Sir Walter Raleighcreate page
Number of voices: 4+solosvvvv   Voicing: SATB Choir and Soprano & Baritone Solos
Genre: SacredRequiem

Languages: English, Latin
Instruments: Orchestra

First published: 2023
Description: Requiem for Walter is dedicated to my father, Walter Lightle Allan, and to Sir Walter Raleigh (or Ralegh).

My father died when I was only 8 years old (he was 35) and I wanted to commemorate his short life in this music.

Three of the movements are composed to Raleigh texts. The Psalm settings are all texts that mention the sea, as my father was a young merchant seaman in WW2. Raleigh's voyages are well known and I live near Sherborne and sang in the Abbey choir for 32 years. Raleigh built Sherborne New Castle and will have known the Abbey well.

The movements alternate between the Latin of the Requiem Mass and the English of the Psalms and Raleigh texts.

Scoring is for SATB choir (doubled in movement “2. Psalm 130, 107”), Soprano and Baritone solos.

Orchestration 2fl, 2ob, 2cl, 2bn ,2hn , timp, tamtam str

Requiem for Walter opens and closes with settings of some of the Nunc Dimittis, lines 2,3 being repeated. Orchestral parts may be found on, link below

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Original text and translations

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Latin.png Latin text

Introit Nunc Dimittis (Solo Baritone)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen: thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared: before the face of all people;

1. Requiem Aeternam (Chorus)
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Requiem aeternam dona defunctis, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine Et lux perpetua eis.
(Grant them eternal rest, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
Eternal rest give unto the dead, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord And let perpetual shine on them.)

2. Psalm 130 De Profundis (Solo Bar. And TTBB chorus)
Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O LORD; Lord, hear my voice.
O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint.
My soul fleeth unto the Lord before the morning watch; I say, before the morning watch.
Psalm 107 Confitemini Domino(Sop. and Bar. Solos and SSAATTBB Chorus
They that go down to the sea in ships : and occupy their business in great waters;
These men see the works of the Lord : and his wonders in the deep.
For at his word the stormy wind ariseth : which lifteth up the waves thereof.
So when thy cry unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivereth them out of their distress.
For he maketh the storm to cease : so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad, because they are at rest : and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.

3 .Lacrimosa (Chorus)
Lacrimosa dies illa, Qua resurget ex favilla. Judicandus homo reus. Huic ergo parce, Deus:
Pie Jesu Domine: Dona eis requiem. Amen.
(That sorrowful day, on which will rise from the ashes guilty man, to be judged. Spare us by your mercy, Lord, all pitying,
Jesus blest, Grant them Thine eternal rest. Amen.)

4. Psalm 77 Voce mea ad Dominum (Solo Sop.)
The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee, and were afraid: the depths also were troubled.
Thy way is in the sea, and thy paths in the great waters: and thy footsteps are not known.
Psalm 65 Te decet hymnus
Who stilleth the raging of the sea : and the noise of his waves, and the madness of the people.
They also that dwell in the uttermost parts of the earth shall be afraid at thy tokens : thou that makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to praise thee.

5. Libera Me (Chorus)
Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna in die illa tremenda. quando coeli movendi sunt et terra, dum veneris judicare saeculum per ignem.
(Rescue me, O Lord, from eternal death in that awful day when the heavens and the earth shall come to judge the world by fire.)

6. The Passionate Man’s Pilgrimage – Walter Raleigh (Solo Bar.)
Give me my scallop shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My scrip of joy, immortal diet,
My bottle of salvation,
Blood must be my body's balmer,
No other balm will there be given,
Whilst my soul, like a white palmer,
Travels to the land of heaven;

Over the silver mountains,
Where spring the nectar fountains;
And there I'll kiss
The bowl of bliss,
And drink my eternal fill
On every milken hill.
My soul will be a-dry before,
But after it will ne'er thirst more;

And by the happy blissful way
More peaceful pilgrims I shall see,
That have shook off their gowns of clay,
And go apparelled fresh like me.

7. Domine Jesu (Chorus)
Domine, Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae, libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum de poenis inferni et de profundo lacu.
(O Lord, Jesus Christ, King of glory, deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the bottomless pit.)

8. Psalm 93 Dominus regnavit (Sop. and Bar. Solos)
The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly; but yet the LORD, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.
Psalm 104 Benedic anima mea
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches.
So is the great and wide sea also; wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
There go the ships, and there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to take his pastime therein.

9. Sanctus and Benedictus (Chorus)
Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus. Dominus Deus Sabaoth! Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis!
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domine. Hosanna in excelsis!
(Holy, Holy is the Lord God of hosts! The heavens and earth is yours. Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!)

10. Epitaph- Walter Raleigh (Chorus)
Even such is time, which takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, and all we have,
And pays us but with age and dust,
Who in the dark and silent grave
When we have wandered all our ways
Shuts up the story of our days,
And from which earth, and grave, and dust
The Lord will raise me up, I trust.

11. Agnus Dei (Chorus)
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi dona eis requiem. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona eis requiem sempiternam.
(Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant them rest. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them everlasting rest.)

12. Hymn – attrib. Walter Raleigh (Sop. Solo and Chorus)
Rise, O my soul! with thy desires to heaven,
And with divinest contemplation use
Thy time, when time's eternity is given,
And let vain thoughts no more thy thoughts abuse;
But down in darkness let them lie;

So live thy better, let thy worse thoughts die.
And thou, my soul, inspired with holy flame,
View and review with most regardful eye
That holy cross whence thy salvation came,
On which thy Saviour and thy sin did die!
For in the sacred object is much pleasure,
And in that Saviour is my life treasure.

To Thee, O Jesu! I direct mine eyes,
To Thee my hands, to Thee my humble knees;
To Thee my heart shall offer sacrifice;
To Thee my thoughts, who thoughts only see;
To Thee myself, myself and all I give;
To Thee I die, to Thee I only live.

13. Lux Aeterna, Requiem Aeternam (Chorus)
Lux aeterna luceat eis Domine cum sanctis tuis in aeternum: quia pius es.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis.
(O eternal light shine upon them when the Saints forever, because you are good.
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them.)

14.Postlude Nunc Dimittis (Solo Sop. and Chorus)
For mine eyes have seen: thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared: before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles: and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end, Amen