"It's a well-known but eminently repeatable piece of musical trivia that Fauré composed his Requiem, one of the most sublime works in the sacred classical canon, as a committed agnostic. Far from a deep religious calling inspiring him to put pen to paper, it was in fact his sheer boredom with his duties as organist of the La Madeleine Church in Paris. He confessed in 1902: 'I had been playing the organ at funeral services for so long! I was completely sick of it. I wanted to do something different.'"
"Still, even with the work’s birth being so very steeped in earthly clay, it's hard not to be seduced by its transcendental beauty. In fact, part of its very charm is probably directly attributable to Fauré’s agnosticism: he went for music designed to provide comfort, rather than to make us ruminate on our own final destinations.
Thanks to his omission of the traditional Dies Irae, except for a brief appearance within the Libera me, brimstone is kept to a minimum. Instead, we get the sublime In Paradisum and Pie Jesu." ....BBC
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