Tanner Gift of Music: Berlioz's 'Requiem'

When composer Hector Berlioz published his "Requiem" in 1837, he noted that "if space permits, the chorus may be doubled or tripled, and the orchestra be proportionally increased." Doubtless, Berlioz would have approved of the performance of his masterwork on Sept. 16 and 17 by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

The choir, of course is comprised of about 375 voices nearly double the 200 that the published score calls for. And the symphony, considered one of Utah's cultural treasures, was an appropriate partner to the choir for this performance.

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