Faure: Pie Jesu (from ‘Requiem’)


The profoundly moving ‘Pie Jesu’ from Fauré’s Requiem in a wonderful new setting for wind quintet.

  • Instruments : Fl. Ob. Cl.(in Bb) Hn. Bsn.
  • Difficulty : C – approx. ABRSM Grade 5
  • Duration : 3’00
  • ISMN : 979-0-708088-74-5
  • Portus Press reference : PPQ38


In writing his Requiem, Fauré deliberately set out to do something different from the ‘norm’ and opted for a gentler approach.  Often called a ‘Lullaby of Death’, the resulting serenely beautiful Requiem in D Minor certainly succeeded.  The Requiem’s central movement – the profoundly moving Pie Jesu – is perhaps the best known of all Fauré’s works.  Saint-Saëns said of it, “Just as Mozart’s is the only Ave verum corpus, this is the only Pie Jesu” – praise indeed!  Rather fittingly, the Requiem was performed at Faure’s funeral in 1924.

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