Berlioz Requiem Trivia

  1. Tonight we will perform the Requiem composed by French Romantic composer, Hector Berlioz. What is a requiem?
  • Music of celebration
  • Mass for the dead
  • Mass for the living

2. Who commissioned French composer Berlioz to compose this piece in honor of the slain heroes of the Revolution of 1830?

  • The French Government
  • The American Government
  • The British Parliament

3. The Berlioz Requiem is known as an epic piece. How many singers did Berlioz originally want singing in the chorus?

  • 100
  • 250
  • Up to 800

*** Berlioz wanted 800 singers performing, but would settle for a minimum of 200 singers. When the piece premiered in 1837, it was sung by 400 vocalists. Tonight we have around 200 singers from the NatPhil Chorale & Baltimore Choral Arts.

4. The Berlioz Requiem also has a huge orchestra. There are four brass choirs surrounding the orchestra & chorus. How big is the orchestra?

  • Over 100 musicians
  • 200 musicians
  • 300 musicians

5. Tonight we celebrate the retirement of National Philharmonic Chorale’s Artistic Director Dr. Stan Engebretson with this epic performance. How many years has Stan been with NatPhil?

  • 5
  • 17
  • 10

 6. What did Stan do when the power went out during a performance?

  • Stopped the show and sent everyone home
  • Kept conducting & the chorale kept singing, and it all was perfectly timed!

7. Is Stan a dog or cat person?

  • Cat

 8. NatPhil has huge concerts each year for the 2nd graders in Montgomery County Public Schools. Which instrument did Stan play for the 1812 Overture?

  • Timpani
  • Canon
  • flute

9. What piece has Stan conducted the most during his time with NatPhil?

  • Handel’s Messiah
  • Berlioz Requiem
  • Bach Mass

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