Perhaps less well-known than Frostiana or his Alleluia, the Requiem is considered by scholars to be Randall Thompson’s masterpiece. It is also a thoroughly American work, and has earned a place of significance in this nation’s musical history. Composed for double-chorus a cappella, the Requiem assembles Thompson’s own personal statement in English, using biblical scripture.

Performance Times

Saturday, February 11 @ 8pm
Sunday, February 12 @ 4pm

Location & Parking

First Presbyterian Church is located at 320 Sixth St, 15222 in Downtown Pittsburgh. Parking is available in the Mellon Square or Smithfield Street Garages. Handicapped parking is available in the garages or on Oliver Avenue behind the church.

First Presbyterian Church

320 Sixth St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Full Text

I. LAMENTATIONS

Choir I

Mourn not, weep not, cry not, grieve not.
(Nehemiah 8:9, Luke 8:52, Job 36:13, Ephesians 4:30)

Refrain thy voice from weeping
and thine eyes from tears.
(Jeremiah 31:16)

Neither shalt thou mourn nor weep,
Neither shall thy tears run down
(Ezek. 24:16)

Grieve not, cry not, mourn not, nor weep.
(Ephesians 4:30, Job 36:13, Nehemiah 8:9)

Choir II

Lamentations, and mourning, and weeping.
(Ezekiel 2:10)

The joy of our heart is ceased;
Our dance is turned into mourning.
(Lamentations 5:15)

Mourn.

Mourn.

II: THE TRIUMPH OF FAITH

Why make ye this ado?

Choir I

Why make ye this ado and weep?
(Mark 5:39)

Why make ye this ado and weep?

Why make ye this ado and weep?

Choir II

Man that is born of a woman is of few days
and full of trouble.
(Job 14:1)

He cometh forth like a flower and is cut down;
He fleeth also as a shadow and continueth not.
(Job 14:2)

All flesh shall perish together,
and man shall turn again unto dust.
(Job 34:15)

What man is he?

How is it that ye have no faith?
(Mark 4:40)

The just shall live by his faith.
(Habakkuk. 2:4)

The eternal God is thy refuge
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
(Deuteronomy 33:27)

Everlasting joy shall be unto them.
(Isaiah 61:7)

Everlasting joy shall be unto them.
Everlasting joy shall be unto them.
Everlasting joy shall be unto them.
Everlasting joy shall be unto them.

His anger endureth but a moment; In his favour is life.
(Psalm 30:1)

Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God.
(Mark 4:11)

O Lord, thou has brought up my soul from the grave, Thou hast kept me alive.
(Psalm 30:3)

What man is he that liveth and shall not see death?
(Psalm 89:48)

Behold we die, we perish, we all perish.
(Numbers 17:12)

Shall we be consumed with dying?
(Numbers 17:13)

The righteous perisheth
And no man layeth it to heart:

And merciful men are taken away
(Isaiah 57:1)

By the blast of God they perish

and by the breath of his nostrils

are they consumed.
(Job 4:9)

How long, Lord? Wilt thou hide thyself forever?

Shall thy wrath burn like fire?
(Psalm 89:46)

Life?
Stay yourselves and wonder.
(Isaiah 29:1)

Stay yourselves and wonder.

Behold ye, regard, and wonder marvelously.
(Habakkuk 1:5)

Good tidings to the meek

Good tidings to the meek;
He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted; to comfort all that mourn;
to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
(Isaiah 61:1,2,3)
Behold ye, regard, and wonder marvelously.
(Habakkuk 1:5)

III: THE CALL TO SONG

Be filled with the spirit

Choir I

Be filled with the spirit,
singing and making melody
in your heart to the Lord.
(Ephesians 5:18, 19)

None answered.
(Judges 19:28)

Be filled with the spirit,
singing and making melody
in your heart to the Lord

But none answered.

Be filled with the spirit,
singing and making melody
in your heart to the Lord.

None giveth answer.
(Job 35:12)

Choir II

 

O let the nations be glad

O let the nations be glad and sing for joy.
(Psalm 67:4)

But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear.
(Jeremiah 7:24)

 

Sing unto Him

Sing unto him.
Talk ye of all his wondrous works.
(I Chronicles 16:9)
 

Utter a Song

Utter a song…
(Judges 5:12)

Can I hear any more the voice
of singing men and singing women?
(2 Samuel 19:35)

Blessed be the Lord God,
Who only doeth wondrous things.
(Psalm 72:18)

IV: THE GARMENT OF PRAISE

Sing with the spirit

Choir I

Sing with the spirit.
And sing with the understanding also.
(I Corinthians 14:15)

Choir II

I will sing with the spirit
and I will sing with the understanding also
(I Corinthians 14:15)

Let everything that hath breath

Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.
(Psalm 150:6)

Let the inhabitants of the rock sing,
let them shout from the top of the mountains.
(Isaiah 42:11)

Break forth into singing ye mountains,
O forest and every tree therein.
(Isaiah 44:23)

Break forth into singing ye mountains,
O forest and every tree therein.

Let them give glory

Let them give glory unto the Lord
and declare his praise in the islands.
(Isaiah 42:12)
Let the earth rejoice;
let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
(Psalm 97:1)

Praise Him all ye stars of light

Praise him all ye stars of light.
(Psalm 148:3)

Let the heaven and earth praise him.
(Psalm 69:34)

The morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy.
(Job 38:7)

For they went at large like horses and leaped like lambs, praising thee, O Lord.
(Wisdom of Solomon 19:9)

I am their music

I am their music,
(Lamentations 3:63)

And now am I their song.
(Job 30:9)

I will praise the Lord with my whole heart;
(Psalm 111:1)

Till he fill thy mouth with laughing
and thy lips with rejoicing.
(Job 8:21)

V: THE LEAVE-TAKING

Ye were sometimes darkness

Choir I

Ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light
(Ephesians 5:8)

Choir II

Ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light
 

The Lord shall be unto thee

The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light,
and thy God thy glory.
(Isaiah 60:19)

Return unto thy rest

Return unto thy rest, O my soul;
for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.
Return unto thy rest, O my soul.
(Psalm 116:7)
 

Thou hast given him

  Thou hast given him his heart‘s desire,
and hast not withholden the request of his lips.
He asked life of thee,
and thou gavest him a long life:
Even for ever and ever
(Psalm 21:2, 1 – from the Book of Common Prayer)

Amen and amen, alleluia

Alleluia Amen and amen, alleluia
(Psalm 89:52)

 

FOLLOW
[fts_facebook id=8318007277 posts=3 posts_displayed=page_only type=page]