Composed around 1887 in response to the death of his
father, Gabriel Faure's Pie Jesu is actually an
orchestral piece written for Soprano. He actually
composed his Requiem in D minor, (Opus 48) between 1887
and 1890. This choral--orchestral setting of the Roman
Catholic Mass for the Dead is the best known of his
Pie Jesu (Merciful Jesus) is a motet derived from the
final couplet of the Dies irae and often included in
musical settings of the Requiem Mass. The settings of
the Requiem Mass by Luigi Cherubini, Gabriel Fauré,
Maurice Duruflé, John Rutter, Karl Jenkins and Fredrik
Sixten include a Pie Jesu as an independent movement.
Of all these, by far the best known is the Pie Jesu
from Fauré's Requiem; Camille Saint-Saëns said of it,
"just as Mozart's is the only Ave verum corpus, this is
the only Pie Jesu".
Although this work was originally created for Soprano
and Orchestra, I created this arrangement for Viola and
Concert (Pedal) Harp.