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iCal 8:00 PM. Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus [MA]: An Evening of French Music. Gabriel Fauré: Requiem; Charles Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass. Fauré once commented, “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience. The music of Gounod has been criticised for its inclination towards human tenderness. But his nature predisposed him to feel this way: religious emotion took this form inside him. Is it not necessary to accept the artist's nature? As to my Requiem, perhaps I have also instinctively sought to escape from what is thought right and proper, after all the years of accompanying burial services on the organ! I know it all by heart. I wanted to write something different.” Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138 (View flier)

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