“In Paradisum” from Dies Magna Requiem
Composer: Michael Bussewitz-Quarm (ASCAP)
  • SSAA
  • S1:Eb4-Ab5;  S2:C4-Eb5;  A1:Ab3-C5; A2:F3-Ab4
  • A Cappella
  • Total duration: ca 1:40
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In 2010, a friend posed a challenge, observing that by nature of the subject matter, many of the movements of Dies Magna Requiem were similar in mood and tone. In his opinion, the work would be more powerful if it offered more variation.

Thanks to this insight, I came to realize that the work was indeed rather one-dimensional, particularly for a spiritual soul. All those years I had been working through my own stages of grief. Only now was I able to accept that there is a better place, whether one believes that place to be heaven on earth or a heaven above. This rebirth of my trust inspired me to write “In Paradisum”.

Sound Clip:
Premiered in March, 2010 in Setauket, New York by Long Island Symphonic Choral Association
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Published by MB Arts (ASCAP)
© 2011 Michael Bussewitz-Quarm (under Dies Magna)

In paradisum deducant te Angeli:  Into paradise may lead you Angels;

in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres,  upon your arrival welcome you Martyrs,

et perducant te in civitatem  and lead you into city

sanctam Jerusalem.  holy Jerusalem.

Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat,  Choir of angels you may welcome.

et cum Lazaro quondam paupere and with Lazarus once poor,

aeternam habeas requiem.  eternal have rest.