Iain Farrington

Pianist, organist, composer, arranger

Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

for Choir and Chamber Ensemble

The German Requiem of Johannes Brahms is acknowledged as one of the great choral works of the Romantic era. Although originally scored for symphony orchestra, Brahms made a version for piano duet which has found popularity in recent years. Performances with piano lack the richness, colour and sustain of the long lines in Brahms' work. This arrangement for chamber ensemble has the piano at the core, while adding seven other instrumentalists to create a satisfying and Brahmsian texture, retaining much of the original orchestration. It is ideal for choirs wanting to perform the work on a smaller scale, but with the variety and fullness of the orchestral version.

Available to hire or purchase from Aria Editions here

Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano (8 players)

Choral and solo parts are unchanged, as the original.

Watch extracts here:

Recording available on Hyperion Records by Yale Schola Cantorum, David Hill (conductor)