Requiem Aeternam: A Journey to the Afterlife from Three Centuries

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

6:30 PM

Course meets on Wednesdays, Feb. 21, 28, March 6, 20 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Community Christian Church

Jewell's Center for Faith and Culture and partner congregations sponsor a series of Personal Flourishing classes. Each course meets four times for a total of five hours, focusing on faith as it relates to literature, science, politics, the arts, music, health, finance, Biblical Studies and more. All are welcome to register using the link below.

Course Description

The Requiem Mass is the traditional text used in the Roman Catholic church for the burial of the dead. The text in its full form swings from a plea for mercy to depictions of fire and damnation to final resignation and peace. There are hundreds of settings of this text from simple plainchant to full orchestrations and massed choirs. In this class the first session will be an overview of the mass comprising a brief history and a look at the text in its full and truncated forms. The next three class sessions will each focus on one significant requiem setting. First, the famous (perhaps infamous) Mozart setting, then the serine and reflective Faure setting, and finally the innovative if slightly controversial Britten ‘War Requiem’. Each of these has something unique to say about how we understand death and the afterlife certainly, but also are deeply reflective of the human experience. 

About the Instructor

Ian Coleman grew up in Bristol, England, and attended Counterslip Baptist Church until he left Bristol for college at the age of 18. The Baptist tradition in England in the 1980s was evangelical in nature and influenced by the house church movement that was prevalent in California at that time. Coleman remained active in the Baptist church in England until he left for graduate study in the United States. Most recently, Coleman found his way to the Episcopal church. His background and training in music has meant that he has worked as a church musician since his teenage years and has acquired an eclectic appreciation for many forms of worship music, from the ancient to the contemporary. His interest in music has led to a broader interest in the arts and, as a professor of music theory and composition at William Jewell College, he has taught courses in music and culture as well as music theory and music composition.