In recent years Karl Jenkins has become one of the world's best-selling living composers. This new work builds on the style which the British public have come to know and adore. Jenkins has set the usual Latin movements of the requiem mass, but, in keeping with his usual trait of drawing from other cultures, he has also set five Japanese haiku ‘death’ poems. The Western and Eastern texts are combined in two of the haiku movements, Having Seen The Moon and Farewell, which incorporate the Benedictus and the Agnus Dei respectively.
Vocal score for mixed choir and piano reduction of the orchestral score.
"The Requiem is dedicated to the memory of my father who was a musician, friend and inspiration. It was a moving and rewarding time for me when composing this work, with its blend of traditional Latin text combined with the haiku poems from Japan, and a thrill to bring what are seemingly disparate elements together, such as a fabulous orchestra from Kazakhstan, the best of Welsh choirs, and our brilliant soloists.” —Karl Jenkins