Requiem aeternam dona ei.
Mozart’s Requiem, November 9, 2014 at the Pfarrkirche St. Gilgen
How people deal with the death of a loved one becomes a reflection on their life and work.
In the case of the oboist Prof. Günther Passin, deceased in spring of this year, this is reflected in the best interactions of his mourners, and the mourning is led by love and friendship, a deep connection to his attitudes, and by his spirit and work.
Günther exhibited a special kind of spirituality combined with a down to earth outlook on life as a musician of high standing. This is why I am much honored to be a part of the circle performing Mozart’s requiem in his memoriam at his last home in St. Gilgen.
‘Quid sum miser tunc dicturus – What will I say?’ asks the soprano in the Dies irae facing the Last Judgment. He suspects he will not have the chance to ask the question in the crucial moments at the end. A look back at his life leaves him only with the hope to have led a good and happy life. The look forward leaves him only with the braveness to surrender to something of more greatness.
Pie Jesu Domine dona eis requiem, dona nobis pacem. Pious Lord Jesus, give them rest, give us peace.
Mozarts Missa pro defunctis KV 626
November 9, 2014
At the Pfarrkirche St. Gilgen/Wolfgansee.
Chamber Orchestra M. A. Mozart St. Gilgen,
Choir and Soloists
Conducting: Max Pommer