Carl Ludwig Drobisch (1803 - 1854) was a German
composer. He worked intensively with the mathematical
determination on pitch conditions and published
numerous works on this theory. As a result, he had
great influence on contemporary music. Since 1826, he
was a music teacher, especially for theoretical music
lessons, and in 1837 Kapellmeister of the Protestant
Church in Leipzig.
Drobisch wrote numerous choral works, including this
Requiem (No .2) in D Minor. The Requiem is a mass
honoring the dead, takes its name from the first Latin
word of the Introit, which begins Requiem aeternam dona
eis, Domine (Grant them eternal rest, O Lord). A
musical setting of the requiem differs from the normal
sung Mass in that it not only includes certain items of
the ordinary mass and excludes others, but also
includes the Introit, Gradual, Offertory, and Communion
sentences from the Proper. The Gloria and Credo are
omitted, and a Tract is substituted for the Alleluia.
This is followed by the Sequence (Dies irae), which is
often is a major dramatic element in the composition.
Sometimes responses and other texts are added from the
burial service, which usually follows directly after
Although originally created for accompanied chorus, I
created this arrangement for Solo Acoustic Piano.