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Hans Eklund
1927 - 1999
H. Eklund
Hans Eklund, (01/07/1927 - 08/03/1999), a Swedish composer and teacher, born in Sandviken. After attending the Stockholm Musikhögskolan (1947- 52) he studied composition with Larsson and with Pepping in Berlin (1953-4); and in 1957 he studied opera in Rome. In 1964 he was appointed to teach counterpoint and harmony at the Stockholm Musikhögskolan. Most of his compositions are instrumental and are marked by a solid technique developed principally from Hindemith and Reger; the concertante Musica da camera pieces are modelled after Hindemith’s Kammermusik series. Musik för Orkester which marked a turning- point in his career, was followed by four symphonies, the second of which was a bitter reaction to hypocrisy. The third was suggested by the landscape and folk music of Gotland. He has never been interested in electronical music.
Composed in:1978
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Phono Suecia PSCD 18 09B047
Requiem for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra. For all its large scale, this is an intimate, personal work, eschewing grandiloquent gestures and images of the day of judgement in favour of a solemn, introspective setting of the mass, with an emphasis on human striving for divine guidance and a plea for understanding and judgement. Setting only the text of the requiem mass, complete, and in a rather conventional tonal language, this work will appeal to those to whom genuine feeling and a moving meditation on the mysteries of the human condition, unadorned by the additional considerations textual or musical, makes the most powerful statement.

It contains:
01. Requiem - Kyrie 9:01
02. Dies irae 17:52
03. Offertorium 7:22
04. Sanctus - Benedictus 5:39
05. Agnus Dei 6:04
06. Lux aeterna 6:23