Schütz REQUIEM 1635 with Schoenberg and Dreyfus
AboutAstra's concluding choral concert of the 2022 season weaves music from varied historical conflicts around a world premiere from Australia's dean of composers, George Dreyfus.
Composed in his 94th year, the new work for chorus is a memorial for Josef Geisel, a relative in the Rhineland of Nazi Germany who remained, and disappeared without a trace, when George Dreyfus and his Jewish family escaped to Melbourne in 1933.
Heinrich Schütz's celebrated German Requiem of 1635 likewise evokes a period of maximum destruction, the Thirty Years War, making musical life almost impossible, as the composer stresses in a prefatory poem to the score.
Good Shepherd Chapel, Abbotsford Convent
Helier Street, Abbotsford Victoria 3067