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Friedrich Cerha
1926 - 2023
F.P. Cerha
Friedrich Paul [Friedrich] Cerha (17/02/1926 - 14/02/2023), an Austrian composer and conductor, from Vienna. He studied music at the Vienna Academy as well as philosophy and German at the University of Vienna, where he received his Ph.D. in 1950. He also spent the summers of 1956, '58, and '59 in Darmstadt, attending the courses in new music there. In addition to his activities on behalf of new music as a founder of die reihe and the project "Wege in unsere Zeit" (Ways into Our Time, 1978), Cerha has also pursued an interest in early music. He founded the Camerata Frescobaldiana, an early-music performance ensemble, in 1960, and has edited several editions of 16th- and 17th-century music, including works by Frescobaldi, Andrea Cima, and Giovanni Antonio Leoni.
Requiem für Hollensteiner
Composed in:1983
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Thomas Bernhard (1931 - 1989)
Requiem für Hollensteiner, for voice, bariton, mixed choir and orchestra. Duration: 30 min.
T. Bernhard
Requiem für Rikke
Composed in:1989
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Carl Zuckmayer (1896-1977) - edited by Friedrich Cerha
Label(s):Orf CD 434
Requiem für Rikke, written between 1984 - 1989, for tenor and orchestra after a text „Der Rattenfänger“ by Carl Zuckmayer (edited by Friedrich Cerha). Duration 11 min.

♫ Requiem für Rikke
© Orf CD 434
C. Zuckmayer
Requiem of Reconciliation - Introitus and Kyrie
Composed in:1995
Musical form:fragment
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:the victims of World War II
Label(s):Hänssler Classic 98931
Requiem fragment for large mixed choir and orchestra. Contains: 'Introitus', 'Kyrie', 'Libera me'. First performance : August 16 1995, Stuttgart. Gächinger Kantorei, Krakauer Kammerchor, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling. Duration: 9 min 16 sec.
The work is a collaborative composition of 14 world-renowned composers from 13 countries involved in the Second World War. The 14 composers are: Luciano Berio of Italy (Prolog); Friedrich Cerha of Austria (Introitus and Kyrie); Paul-Heinz Dittrich (Dies Irae); Marek Kopelent (Judex Ergo); John Harbison (Juste Judex); Arne Nordheim of Norway (Confutatis); Bernard Rands (Interludium); Marc-Andre Dalbavie of France (Offertorium); Judith Weir of England (Sanctus); Krzysztof Penderecki of Poland (Agnus Dei); Wolfgang Rihm (Communio I); Alfred Schnittke and Gennadi Roshdestwenski of Russia (Communio II); Joji Yuasa (Libera me); Gyorgy Kurtag of Romania (Epilog).
The requiem memorializes the victims of the war. Created as a tribute to the victims of World War II, the work was commissioned by The Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany, founded by the well-known conductor Helmuth Rilling, who brought together the 14 composers to collaborate on the piece. Collaborative from conception to birth, Requiem of Reconciliation (Requiem der Versöhnung) was first performed by an international ensemble on April 16, 1995. Originally created as music for a Catholic Mass to commemorate the dead, the requiem provides a venue for the living to remember and honor the dead. As such, Requiem of Reconciliation calls for an international and collective remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War. The composers from Italy, Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, U.S.A., Norway, England, France, Poland, Russia, Japan, and Romania, once enemies in the war, came together to provide the international community with the memorial.
Each composer was assigned a separate section of the Requiem of Reconciliation. Each worked within the tradition of the Requiem Mass differently, some incorporating Gregorian chant or other themes traditional to the Latin Mass, and some departing from tradition and simply using the general idea and spirit behind a requiem to guide their composition.

♫ 02. Introitus
© Hänssler Classic 98931
Author:Alwen Bledsoe
Period:21st century
Composed in:2002
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass and poems of the composer
Requiem (written between 1994 -2002) for soli (mezzosoprano, bariton), choir and large orchestra. Duration: 90 min. Commissioned by the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft.