A Vietnamese Requiem: The text

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A Vietnamese Requiem: The creation process

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—– Đọc bài tiếng Việt —–

A Vietnamese Requiem by P.Q. Phan
Premiered on Friday, April 24th 2015 by NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

Composer’s Note

A Vietnamese Requiem is the first requiem ever written using a Buddhist text and composed in a parallel format to a Western standard requiem. A Vietnamese Requiem is also the first of its kind to use Vietnamese.

There are two major components I thoroughly investigated prior to composing A Vietnamese Requiem: the text and the musical approach. Continue reading

“Requiem” không phải là “nhạc/kinh cầu siêu”  |  “Requiem” is not “nhạc/kinh cầu siêu” in Vietnamese

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I don’t translate requiem into Vietnamese, for the same reason I don’t translate opera into Vietnamese, or hát chèo into English. 

“Requiem” is not “nhạc/kinh cầu siêu”, just as “nhạc/kinh cầu siêu” is not “requiem”.

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Lý do tôi không dịch requiem sang tiếng Việt cũng là lý do tôi không dịch opera ra tiếng Việt, cũng là lý do tôi không dịch hát chèo sang tiếng Anh, v.v.

“Requiem” không phải là “nhạc/kinh cầu siêu”, cũng như “nhạc/kinh cầu siêu” không phải là “requiem”.

A Vietnamese Requiem: What and Why

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Requiem is a large scale musical composition typically lasting from about thirty minutes to over an hour. In Western music history requiem is the most important musical genre used to honor, to celebrate or mourn a death or deaths of many people in the public. This genre typically utilizes a certain Christian liturgical text and an instrumental force. A requiem is designed to be performed on stage, meant to be celebratory in tone or preaching about the significance of the Judgment Day, and open to the public in a concert event.

In Vietnam, the musical tradition that deals with death is considered a family affair. Continue reading