Fauré composed his Requiem between 1887 and 1890 and it is his best known large-scale work.
Fauré’s motivations for setting the Requiem are unclear although it is thought not to have anything to do with the death of his parents in the mid-1880s. The setting omits the Dies Irae text and famously includes the In Paradisum which is taken from the burial service text. Fauré wrote of the work, “Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.”
Douglas Guest was an English organist, conductor, teacher and composer. His final post was as Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey from 1963-81. His setting of ‘For the Fallen’ was composed for the Choir of Westminster Abbey in 1971.